Is there any particular reason that the site has gone from looking like the Guardian to looking lile the BBC? I ask this as a regular contributor but also longtime forum user who has seen the function of the site change considerably.
A friend who used to post was asking if 'anyone still uses libcom?' and I couldn't really answer, but it did make me think the site is moving away from being a discussion/interactive site to being a 'news' site
As such it seems a far less participatory site than it was historically, and much more a site you'd visit, read an article, then leave.
I'm assuming the numbers for library and some news stories are high, but that's not really participatory and quite a passive use of the site. The whole up/down thing is probably supposed to make up for this with it;s illusory participation - the up/down thing always strikes me as a bit like the faux-comment forms we get after staff training 'write down your opinion in this box and we'll read it and you'll know you've participated in this'.