The forum has been a bit quite lately, meanwhile the news section is hopping with stories about police, cycling casualties, hi-viz, hgvs, helmets, headphones, health and safety, blaa, blaa, blaa. It is like a cycling silly season. Do you ever just read a thread and think 'urrh why bother.' You have something to say, but you don't post because there are already 50 replies to a thread. You think, I can't say anything original, or someone will just contradict me for the sake of it. If I post a moderate view* it will just be swamped by others with extreme views and who wants 50 notifications of updates in their email inbox. Roll on the new year when people might start talking about mechanicals, events and racing.
*I wear a helmet to go out training or commute to work, but will happily wobble to the local shops without one if I am wearing street clothes. But the debate is always dominated by people saying helmets are useless (yes idiots if a truck drives over your liver a helmet is not much use, but that isn't what it is for; no common sense some people,) or that they should be compulsory (draconian nonsense, reducing cycling and impacting health, criminalizing casual riders.) The status quo is already the answer to the debate but polarization and 'winning the argument' with more and more preposterous examples always seems to be the name of the game. Tiresome.
This is NOT a request for another helmet debate just an example of another unwinnable war [remember the end of WarGames - 'the only winning move is not to play.']