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I believe it's due to a combination of factors. Both, the rise of Discord and instant messaging Apps, as well as the general decline of the forum itself. I've been here over the years under many names but I know one thing - this place isn't what it used to be, and it saddens me to see it in this state. I've outlasted any friend groups I've had here over the years. I have not really had any bad interactions with staff (that I didn't deserve).
Hope we can bring back some kind of activity.
I remember years ago there was a section called PPNS (Politics, Philosophy, News and Science). Whatever happened to that?
(Hey, I remember you used to go by Thunderhoof and Starlight Glimmer on here. Those were fun times. Anyway, let me actually respond to your post now lol)
Yeah, Discord played a huge part. It was why back then we replaced the old IRC chat and launched an official Minecraft Forum discord that everyone can join via the 'chat' button on the website. While there were a lot who joined (22,000 and counting to be exact), the activity on the discord server never really materialised.
And yes, there used to be a PPNS section on the forum. I can answer your question as I was around during the time when it was removed. To summarise, PPNS resulted in a lot of heated arguments, drama, conflict and created a cesspool of negativity amongst what was otherwise a friendly community at the time. It was also deemed as an additional aspect to moderate and it can be challenging to moderate political discussion whilst being as fair and objective to everyone as possible.
Totally get the MCF admins' decision on removing PPNS though. Planet Minecraft actually allows for political discussion, so you get plenty of LGBTQ+ related posts, politics and discussion on other hot-button issues in the news. The result of this is that community can be quite toxic at times because of the difference in opinion between those who are more liberal vs those who are more conservative and it is a hassle to moderate as well.