Do you remember back in the day, how many opportunities or "good things" in the TI community were squandered and lost because of apathy?
I remember one BBS in particular, the sysop spent hundreds of dollars on a dedicated system, multiple phone lines and spend hours keeping the BBS up-to-date with fresh stuff... BECAUSE THE LOCALS REQUESTED IT. The BBS took off like a rocket, people scarfed the downloads, but never even bothered to write a single message on the BBS. After a couple of months, the Sysop gave up because all people wanted to do was leech all the new freebies, but not participate.
Human nature being what it is, people develop habits from positive re-enforcement, if they get a positive result, they come back, if they get a big nothing burger too often, they give up and move on. The problem is, many people never looked into a mirror back then and realized (or admitted) that they were part of the problem.
There is a saying, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it". Sadly another aspect of human nature is that some people can be painfully obtuse while in the middle of an active situation, but will be the first to lament the demise of something that they could have prevented. Whether some learn to connect the dots remains to be seen.