To quote wasoxygen from forever ago:
The site has been aptly likened to a cocktail party. People are milling around, some clustered in little groups, many participating in multiple dialogues at once. For every conversationalist, there are many more nearly invisible lurkers who don't speak up but enjoy following along.
I couldn't agree more with the characteristics you laid out. I'm gonna ask some questions, answer the ones you feel compelled to:
First, do you think we still have lurkers like this? I've seen a good number sharing posts without commenting, but I'm not convinced they're as sizeable a group as they used to be.
Second, how would you like to see those conversations facilitated? Do you think people just need to start asking more casual questions (maybe reviving #askhubski?) or do you have a vision of some site-level support for that?
I also want to know what you mean by a "shift in attitude" because I'm sure that I relate to it and agree with you, but I'm having a tough time articulating what I'd actually like to change about the base-level disposition of the site!