It's still here Art, in spirit anyway. It just seems that sometimes this board goes cyclical.
People come & go. Some take time away to get away from the banter & contentiousness. The majority still care and I can almost guarantee you are lurking, not choosing to get into debates.
Discussions like this past week, are not off-limits, that's why the Big M gave us the "General Chat" section.
All too often, myself guilty as well, we tend to bleed the "chat" into those AC section threads intended for information sharing about the island & country as we know it. As our fellow boarder SS says, "discipline"