I just now got all the way through this thread. There's been a bunch of things that I would normally address or multi-quote but given how long the thread is, it took me two days to get through it, hehe. So, no multi-quotes for me (and I'm so proud of myself for finally figuring out how to use them!).
I wasn't around earlier than the beginning of this year. I guess the issue sort of started around the time that I joined TCS, so I honestly don't know how it was before. I know that upon occasion I am negative, or probably more strongly worded than I should or need to be. There are some people that I've never seen a negative post from, and there are some that seem to be negative to me no matter what they post *but*... I can't say that I think this site is all about cats.
I do think this site is all about people who have cats. It's the people who make up this site, not the cats that own them. While those cats are a very important part of our life, we have to realize that it's all aspects of our lives that make up who we are and that often the cats are our release and our relief from stress, and so therefore people who understand that connection, we also expect to understand our frustrations. That's completely natural, imo.
I personally think that in some respects it is true, that there are issues with negativity, and issues with posts getting drowned out. There is probably a solution to the posts being submerged. I don't know what it is. I think to change some of the negativity, in addition to posting positive things, we also have to realize that it's a *huge* compliment that people, when they are feeling down and out, come straight to this website forum, and more specifically, to the people are here because they feel like we understand, like we can give them the support they need when they're down and out, and albeit temporarily most times, desperate for someone to talk to, commiserate with, and understand. I know there are times when I've felt that all of you, even those that disagree with me politically or religiously know me better or understand me better than anyone else, including my own family. And whether any individual likes me, or what I post (and I'm not taking the above thread personally, really, I'm just making an example of myself), it should still be a compliment to everyone here because in my case if I post something depressing or negative it's because in some way I consider everyone here a kindred spirit. Sometimes in the IMO forum, I obviously disagree, and sometimes I can't wrap my head around the fact that people I feel such a connection with just simply don't agree, and that's just simply sometimes difficult for me to fathom because I consider us all to be so much alike in so many ways. If I post something personal, it's because I feel that it won't be shunned, that the many wonderful and multiple personalities and incredibly caring and understanding people here will understand and hopefully embrace my need to be important too.
I think we all post here because we need to feel that we're important, or even because we expect to be important. Fur Pictures are just as important as "I'm having this problem" and when you cut right down to the heart of the matter, most posts are there because the poster feels that it's important, usually to them.
While I can understand the overall frustration, in a lot of cases, I'm happy that I can be there to help others. I do feel frustration sometimes, myself, but I try to look at it in a positive light. I think the "daily positive" threads are a good idea. I've actually been toying with posting "feel good" animal stories daily or as close to daily as I can find them.
Anyway, I've made this post long enough.