I used to like Ephotozine, a good place to meet fellow enthusiasts and get some good critique and helpful advice. Unfortunately (it seems TO ME - please note that this is my opinion) it has become the photographic equivalent of the Daily Mail. i.e. just an extension of middle class, white suburbia.
Things came to a head with my forum posting exposing (or rather quantifying because we all know how it works) the reciprocal clicking nonsense. It finally got locked of course and it appears to me that 'the nice shot brigade' finally got their way because that is presumably where most of the membership now comes from. They keep site traffic up and maximise the potential advertising revenue (how anyone can even view the site without having an adblocker installed is a complete mystery to me). As a result photographs now posted in the gallery are pretty lamentable (not all by any means but they make up the vast majority) and serious discussion and critiques hardly exist. (I got a number of PM's from people saying how they can no longer be bothered to offer any meaningful comments on photos because it isn't worth the grief).
I still pop back from time to time to read the news etc. but I've stopped contributing (posting photos, forum help/comments) to the site and will let my e2 subscription lapse because it really isn't worth it any more (IMHO).
I know many will disagree with, me tell me to shut up, not throw my teddy out of the pram (I haven't). This is my blog space and I'll tell it how I see it. It'll be interesting to see if the site management pick up on it and try to censor it like the forums.
If enough people show any interest I'll come back and post further comments on what I see as the downward spiral into the world of 'nice shot old boy', clichéd robins, sunsets, bluebells etc. A world where hardly anyone steps out of the box to try something imaginative or cutting edge; because, let's face it, if they were imaginative or cutting edge they wouldn't be reading the Daily Mail or be worried about how many people clicked on their photographs.