It referenced that they were discussing it elsewhere, how no one was really talking here. (paraphrased)
I have a solution. It's complicated and nuanced. But I think that it could catch on, and people will like it:
Talk about things here.
Bring up that no one is talking and challenge them to talk more.
Or better yet, bring up something interesting that you think folks will respond to with interesting thoughts of their own!
It's your space. Use it.
Because all silence tells me is that people don't want/care about having it. I don't *think* that's true. But I also can't force anyone to talk about anything, or anywhere, that they don't feel like talking!
Well, *I* can. Because I have an army of trained monkeys and robots, and robot monkeys, that can be deployed at a moments notice to destroy you and everything you love, at my whim. But most people can't.
There are two polls: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100331.html which is a standard poll, and a Contestant Only poll for Topic 2 - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100647.html
Have you seen anything that you think needs more love? (or in the case of Poll 2 that you want to make sure is getting more love)
Pull up a stool. What's going on in life that YOU want to talk about?