I genuinely had no idea of any of this. Chicken and egg now but explains why I rarely see streamers involved in the actual debate but just using the forum to advertise their latest video which can seem like using the forums just to make money which probably doesn't lead to a greater response towards them.
Some streamers are very opinionated, so it wouldn't be unusual to find someone of the exact opposite opinion when you advertise your own, and the forums is where they reply coz they dont have a YT channel or dont want one.
It would be a shame if the result was that the streamers retreated into their own echo chambers though.
The forums may be a better place now than when they left....maybe should try engaging again if not just posting click-bait, and theres now a dedicated Streamer Schedule thread where they can do that anyway.
There's definitely an element of chicken and the egg. And yes, a lot of video makers certainly use this forum to post their videos, I can understand why that would bother people.
Some streamers / YouTubers are more opinionated then others...but then again everyone posting on the Internet (even on these forums) is often expressing an opinion.
I wouldn't say the forums are "better" now compared to any time in the past. To be honest, I can only speak for myself - but these forums are just one of the Elite communities among many. It certainly isn't the largest, busiest, or most friendly one but from time to time there a few goods posts here.
Also, YouTube definitely isn't an echo chamber, have you ever read comments sections? The amount of abuse, and craziness that gets posted there really is something else!