More folks are in here because in the Cattle, Pig, Horse, Chicken, Rabbit forums has gone way down in posts. Been in the animal forum for 15 plus years and those forums just don't have many posts anymore. So here i am in GC. I do check the animal forums about once a day and most time nothing new. We have a Pig forum for Missouri and a lot of pig and other posts there about pigs etc. in Missouri. I trade in 4 - 5 different states for stock. I do sale some of my Pork to a retailer in N.Y.C. Almost all my lumber sales local.I think part of the problem is that General Chat has become the go place for social issue, and the other areas seem to be very civil, and purposeful. You can in no way judge the discourse of the whole of HT by GC.
Too many people choose not to go to the more private area, but instead air their social and political opinions in GC, and then we get what we get.