This is a great forum. Love the interaction and the topics. One suggestion - how about a "dislike" button. We can "like" someone's post, but perhaps there is a way to click onto a post that is unlikable as being too agressive or rude or incorrect or digressive.
As others have said, that used to be an option. IIRC there is still one person with a RED square/badge of honor if you will for that person. Altho some have rep'd him so he is green possibly.
Reality is, as some have said, ALL forums over the last decade or so I have been on some, they have changed. Some quickly with in months other take time, some go back per say. But one I can say, is ALL the forums were the most fun if you will when smaller. once they hit some 100K folks, even 20-30K posters, some of the banter tween some seems to go away, one does not know who everyone is etc. Then it seems to take some time to mature if you will, then they become fun for a time, more newbies show up, takes some time to train them per say, for the place to be fun again.........
Any way, I would add, get rid of the OT religion and politics, make it more of a phun topic what goes on, get rid of other R/P type topics elsewhere when they show up. These are probably two topics the can PO the most folks really fast, really quick! Next is some guys little bulldog trying to outcute a cavalier! never going to happen!