I believe Simon is being sarcastic, quiet1. He has done an excellent back of the matchcover sketch of what's gone wrong here.
Whether we are shouting into the wind, remains to be seen. I fear we are.
I seldom come here to read about a particular technique, especially since the advent of MC and the like that I am neither especially interested in and unwilling to invest the funds on the necessary equipment. Of late, there has been a tremendous uptick in the number of alcohol related threads. "What did you buy at the liquor store today?" is but one example. More than once, I have counted as many as six alcohol-related threads on the front page. Since I seldom drink, I am uninterested in those threads, as well. That leaves persons asking questions about a problem they are having, new equipment they are considering, old equipment they are rehabbing, remodeling projects and the image-driven threads of people's meals and ambitious makers of desserts and candies. None of which allow chat, which is the natural home of those kind of threads.
I feel like if I kid my fellow posters or tell a story about how I tackled a particular problem that I am now talking too loud in church or the library. I have dozens of "post deleted" messages in my mail box chiding me for not being focused. Never mind that it was one remark to a poster I am known to be friendly with.