08/04/2016 (Thu) 00:34:37
OP, your first image is right, hugboxes stiffle discussion.
Thing is, we're living in a more polarized world than ever thanks to MSM and social media, now rightists only talk to rightists most of the time, and leftists only talk to leftists most of the time, so they go more extremist and intolerant of other decissions. In the end, forums where you can choose who you talk to (FB, Twitter,...) end up bubbling up, while anonymous forums like IBs where you can't (unless you hide, but it's worthless in general) end up becoming hugboxes by an invading demographic and then dying (what's to discuss if you already agree?)(also, the demographic gives a reputation to the forum so no anti-hugbox people go there)
This is the wrong decade to be alive, try again in 10 or more years after the nuclear fallout has cleared a little.