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Like you, I stumbled on the site 7 or 8 years ago, and was impressed by the intelligent discussions that I read online. Schmidt was the most professorial, but there were a few others who posted good stuff as well.
The site still attracts new participants. Jason Pearce, Karen Hedwig Backm, and TG tarheel have added some posts recently, but it needs tweaking if it wants to remain relevant. The three that I mentioned have since faded away.
I agree with you that too much negativity can get monotonous, which is why the moderators have the ability to attach the "rant" icon to posts that are too negative. In the past, some contributors (like johnnycee in Philadelphia) have been banned from the site.
Since I am a compulsive writer, I try to not to overwhelm the site with my posts, but sometimes I find myself writing in the style of Heather Cox Richardson, who writes excellent articles, but tends to be a little long in her articles.
Since becoming a member, I have posted over 400o threads, Schmidt is over 7000, and Dutch is over 13,000. Dutch's personal story is very compelling, but he has a tendency to rant rather than offer constructive thoughts, so it may be time to throttle back a bit and allow others to put forth their own ideas.
For the same reason that people slow down to look at a car wreck, too many people tune in to the FOX channel because they want to hear the latest outrage. In contrast, Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow "rant" about topics, but include a healthy dose of humor in their stories to make them more compelling to listen to.
By the way, the Democratic Hub also has a Facebook page, so you may want to look at that occasionally
Thanks for your comments.