Quote from arrogantAxolotl »Well, I'm not sure what to think right now. Message boards like MTGS were always a big part of my childhood, and I really hate having to give them up because places like Reddit aren't the same. The anonymity, the upvote structure — it all leads to a place where the written word is disposable, and where popular ideas completely overshadow unconventional or contrarian ones.
Something I've always valued in message boards is that, while writers have always been free to dump their thoughts in a careless manner, the mechanics of message boards don't encourage it to the extent social media does. People like me will just spend their time meticulously crafting their posts in such a way that their ideas are shared with as much clarity and refinement as possible. I don't know why that is exactly. All I know is that the overall format here is just better for having conversations.
And that's what I think I'm ultimately afraid of losing. I'm afraid I'll lose the ability to have meaningful conversations with people about Commander and about Magic: the Gathering at large. Nothing is ever going to beat a face to face conversation with someone, but there's only so many people I can reach due to physical distance. The Internet, and message boards specifically, have always been the next best place to go.