Originally posted by WanderingKing
I'm a regular on many internet forums, and I've seen some pretty crazy stuff. But at least it's usually possible to guess what's driving those people. Here, I'm totally bewildered. I've simply no idea what's going on; my jaw is bruised from the constant dropping, and it's starting to affect on the floor too.
All consistent explanations that I can co ...[text shortened]... forum a magnet for weirdos? Or is it just one very creative weirdo with many accounts?
I have a theory that activity attracts crackpots.
At one point this forum became very active, and there were many active threads about all sorts of chess-related matters.
It was a good chess crowd, but the problem with crowds is that they attract more crowds, and the gawkers and rubberneckers that arrive later have less interest in the subject matter and more interest in having an audience.
When that happens, the original "content-driven" people get frustrated and leave, and the result is a handful of nuts spouting off on each other with silly challenges, name calling, and "Holy! Holy! Holy!" rants.
My second theory is that this is cyclical, and that the rant-driven people will realize the audience is shrinking, and move on to greener pastures.
For me, nimzo5 is our indicator. When he starts posting, it means the quality meter is rising again.