Of late I've noticed an increase in the number posts that have no other apparent purpose than to take up space. A lot of them are actually the same pointless post over and over again. Also, some new members are either real persons who've spent the last 5 years spamming the Internet with some simpleminded right wing talking points or they're someone who adopted someone else's online identity for the purpose of trolling this forum. Do forum members like all these pointless postings because they're just good fun? I doubt it: most of them generate no response. I suspect most outsiders passing through here would wonder about the purpose of a forum that's being routinely wastelanded with garbage posts day after day. Even potentially interesting threads are being trashed with repetitive nonsense interspersed with lame personal insults. Moreover, whatever impression outsiders they may have of a poster's sincerity, it's offset by the fact that the person posting to this forum is apparently not interested enough in the subject matter to spend 10 minutes researching it. I wonder if this is the direction the forum owner and its moderators want to go in. Thanks for your interest!