Every time I come to AA, the first thing I see is that spam/chat section is the busiest. I don't see any fresh posts in FCs, or series discussions (even for series that are still being aired). It feels like AA is growing in size and complexity, and losing the sight of its purpose. When I first joined, it was almost geeky with anime-related talk, and good links, but now it feels like... new users come here because of the anime theme, but activity is anything but anime-related. Yeah, a bit of news here and there, posted by NewsBot, but real users just don''t talk about anime any more.
One of my favorite discussions was about the different art styles, genres and storylines in different series. I can't even find it any more.
Sorry for the rant... but it was a lead-up to the question I'd like to pose: What is it that prompts people to go to spam/chat and talk about stuff unrelated to anime? Is it the proliferation of rules (no gravedigging, use the search function, don't post one-liners, don't flame, etc.)? Or is it because you'd rather look elsewhere for real information or real discussions?
Please post and let me know!