Post by Scott M. Kozel
There were too many trolls and a few supertrolls, and too many off
topic political arguments. Horrible signal-to-noise ratio. That is
why I left m.t.r in 2010.
I don't recall it being that bad (at least before 2010), but what did it
in for me is the lack of any content at all in this newsgroup (since
fewer and fewer regulars were posting at all). The same thing happened
to rec.autos.driving. I thought it was due to my filters at first, but
when viewing those groups through the Google groups interface, I didn't
see anything other than spam and cross-posted troll posts. In my
newsreader, nothing new was showing up since those posts were filtered.
These days, I just read and post to reddit.com in various subreddits.
While it does have threaded discussions, it tends to discourage long
running threads by moving them down in the list (unlike my newsreader).