I hate when people ask anonymous questions while refusing anonymous answers. They normally do that just to get people upset with one another, by asking controversial questions.
Or how if you reply to an anonymous question, they can block you, then keep talking to you, like you are too afraid to reply back.
I think the unfair I can be anonymous, but you can't feature can put people in a bad mood, and cause them not to enjoy the site as much. Also you should not be able to reply to people you have blocked, for at least a few days after you decide to unblock them.
I'm sure the lack of chat is a big deal recently. Some people would come here just to socialize with people of like minds. It can't be the questions or the answers because that hasn't changed since I've been around the last couple years. Admins really cut down on trolls that were here in the beginning which did take a lot of the humor away.
how do you know its going down? If it is going down though, it mostly due to the community of users I think that make it less attractive to post around here. No need to mention any names, as people already have an idea of what I'm talking about. And moderation is largely ineffectual from what I've witnessed so..
I've seen a decrease in traffic when the chat go down. Usually, the amount of daily questions can reach about 500 on average. Since the removal of the chat box, it decreased into 300 and it's just a miracle when it hit around 350-400.