So, my comment gets modded down as flaimbait. It wasn't positively charged, so i'm not complaining (though there i was). But the next guy, who makes a nice comment, but is factually incorrect (as pointed out in next two comemnts here and here, gets modded up as insightful. That's just silly.
I think we have entered the end of the Second Age.
I the First Age it was Chips and Dips which became Slashdot. It gained users and had many very insightful comments. By the end of the First Age, it had many users, was the tech site of note, and its popularity was in the rise.
This rushed in the Second Age. As popularity brings impending doom, kiddies came. Adolescents who never got a good whippin' opened their immature mouths and believed they owned the world. Modding comments and users and then meta modding were employed for the community to support itself, and the kiddies kept moving in. As the end of the Second Age approaches, comments are made just to fish and be modded, and only comments of contemporary popularity that have no intimation of personal responsibility get modded up. Thus a comment that makes a moderator chuckle or agree to gets blessed. Say something else, and be ignored, or modded down. This and the less tech-heavy stories has caused many to leave or just to stick to JEs.
Soon we shall herald the Third Age. What shall it be? I suspect it shall get only worse. There will be JE modding, and only popular thoughts will be allowed any expression, of course in the name of freedom. Then a new site will arise, and start the same viscous cycle over again.
Or maybe not. But it sounds interesting for a moment or two.