I get your trying to help, but the crux of the issue is that people with positive things to say arnt posting, or are holed up in serial threads.
No rules can change that, its obvious by the fact that once we put in the political filter to appease all the people who complained about politics, they all left anyway as soon as they got what they wanted.
People just need something to complain about i think, and if its not this, it will be something else.
I think also, we just all seem to be syncing up with bad moods atm, and its just cyclical, spurred on by a bunch of bad shit happening in the world.
Its just a message board, and its always going to come down to who is posting messages, and what those messages say.
I've come to the conclusion that the internet runs on drama. Think about all the names that you saw when steam was here, just to argue that he should go because he was causing trouble, then once he did go, they all went too.
So is there actually a "solution" i doubt it, other than the people who want to see the place be more active and engaging, help to make it that way.