I used to really enjoy the religious, philosophical and political banter on this forum. It encouraged educated discussion and attracted more conversation between the various members of this website, alongside no small amount of spontaneous and horribly bad (Yet somehow... also good) Ubuntu/Linux jokes. I think removing the backyard and restricting previously allowed topics of conversation has caused the community here to stagnate as a result of decreased hostile, but simultaneously honest conversation between users. So while the forum has become relatively tame, it's also become somewhat of a hivemind or sheeplike in its nature.
I don't expect immediate agreement with this, but I'd like it if you'd at least take this suggestion under consideration.
Also, does handy still post around here?