Originally Posted by Gregg
You might be correct. Time will tell.
Compared to a few other Mac forums, the traffic here on Mac subjects is very light, especially when you remove the numerous threads generated by the host from consideration.
I think you've hit on the real issue here. When the posts are all generated by news articles generated by the site, it makes discussion harder. I've seen where a topic not reported on here will be started as a discussion and soon after it, when the site decides to address it, a new thread is created for that purpose completely ignoring the old thread.
PO in this regard isn't the problem. It just happens to be the only part of the forum that the news portion does not generate any content for and thus, it actually operates like the forum ought to and thus, garners posts and activity.
AppleInsider used to be strictly a rumor site and the forums were where all us Apple guys could speculate.
Now it appears to position itself more as just a Apple news site and the articles, of which there are now MANY, MANY more, are generating threads for article feed back.
In some instances, especially with rumors, this stops overlap, but in many instances, it just generates clutter and spams the forums. Also it would be nice if there were occasional "meta-threads" with regard to a topic. Many are speculating about the Apple tablet for example. However instead of having all that in one thread it will end up split due to the news articles generated related to that point. So there will be 50 comments in a thread about the LCD supplier, 50 comments in a thread about analysts and their predictions, 50 comments in a thread about a pending Google tablet, 50 comments etc...
Not to say that those comments and articles don't generate hits, page views and banners because the site has to make money. But perhaps there is a way to find a middle ground whereby we can have some fun speculating about what is going to be crafted and created by Apple. No one is going to spend 500 comments arguing who is going to supply the LCD for the next iPhone or possible tablet. They want to discuss form factors, post mockups, argue about user interface issues, etc. Sometimes threads are still created by members for that purpose, but they often get dropped down the page by the news feedback threads.
Just my two cents.