Oh please. You've been on 2b2t all of about three times. It's no more stupid than the old chat threads.
The only marked change, is when people feel detached from a centralized and familiar location, they're more likely to let out their real feelings about other people, other things. This has resulted in slightly more harsh responses and commentary. But... is this not a good thing? Honesty is how people learn, change, and grow. For better and worse. New sites and environments always have a hard time coming to a balance. Imagine it like chemistry. Solute to solvent.
popbob makes a very good point about the old chat threads. They were mainly just smalltalk and "o hai".
wow im so bored
You can see a pattern in this. As a format, where it was, it was only causing issues, and its medium wasn't conducive to much good conversation. It did have a good deal of occasional conversation that was in depth, and its range of topics did oscillate and be constantly moving, but for the most part it was only good for fueling the typical groupie behaviors. Old vs new, etc. The new site is just as well of a replacement, it just has less visitors simply because of being a detached entity.
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