I'm one of those people, like you, who doesn't really participate in this community any more. It's sort of shifted from friendly people looking to have a laugh and make good points into a lot of super self-serious and literal-minded unsocial people who can't interpret any forms of sarcasm or irony and will instantly bite your dick off the moment you speak. It's kinda paralleled the attitude of the staff, I think. When the site started and in its first couple years the crew were really energized (quite literally when they did drink taste tests) and there to have a good time. I find that aspect diminished and now they're mostly pretty bummed about most of the things they do. I thought the addition of Patrick didn't help that much as he's too quick to deconstruct everything into their parts and criticize a lot of things, I think Vinny, Dave and Drew conflicts with this because they're very relaxed, fun and they seem to fall on the positive side of most things while the others seem a bit more jaded the last couple years. I think the community mirrors this, too.
I don't really like most of the people here and they don't like me. I don't mind. I got other things to do.
I was going to relate the community to the staff, but you did it way better than I ever would have. Thanks.