After a brief search, I found that dakkadakka.com is still around and has decent traffic, so I joined.
I think I was a member there 15 years ago or so. I recall there being a pie fight amongst moderators at Portent or warseer.com and people looking elsewhere, only to come back when things settled down.
Dakkadakka was mostly for orc (and ork) players, but now it seems more open to other points of view.
It is nice being able to talk about apolitical hobbies, and the minutiae of game mechanics. There was a spirited argument a few days ago about aesthetics of the various Warhammer 40k factions, which was enjoyably trivial. My first flame war in years.
Society needs more of this. Everything is political, and people don't debate or even argue, they just insult and cancel. That's why I've embargoed myself from the news.
The fact is, posting about gaming stuff makes me want to game, and that in turn causes me to work on my collection or come up with new rules. Conqueror: Fields of Victory was born in a gaming forum, and while it's not a runaway financial success, I enjoyed making it and playing it.
By contrast, nothing positive comes of political or news commentary. People just get worked up and stressed out.
It's been a few weeks, and the results are clear: cutting out news makes me more productive around the house and happier in general.
That being said, I'll continue to post columns at bleedingfool.com in part because it's more cultural/entertainment commentary, and often I'm just watching old movies and writing about them. That's a pretty stress-free environment.