Real talk, the reasons seem pretty straightforward to me.
- Confusing UI and navigation
- Boring site graphics/design
- Bugs galore when posting or creating threads
- Email verification wiping out long-standing accounts
- Outdated restrictions (double posting, etc.) that don't work with a smaller user-base
- No MrBasil or mod sightings in 8 months
What basil had over sites like Reddit was the layout, graphics, and UI. It was a charming site, and easy to use. Avatars being our maple characters was a unique thing, as was the general day-to-day feel.
But it's completely reversed now. The only remaining pull for me is the avatars. And the nostalgia, of course.
Even bare-bones and soulless Reddit of all sites is more user-friendly. I attribute many of these failings to MrBasil's decision-making over the years. And now he looks to have abandoned us for good.