Topix was, without a doubt, the best site to surf. The Topix forums were the best forums the Internet could have had. It was the place for thorough reviews of a place, posting what kinds of rules a bar, club, or nightlife facility had, what was allowed or not allowed at a particular place, what kind of dress code a place had, the fact that Northern Illinois is no place for guys to even approach within 30 feet or less of any woman, and that any man that approaches within 30 feet or less of any woman in Northern Illinois is in critical danger of being arrested and going to prison, and the fact that, in Northern Illinois, all communications, especially with strangers, are exclusively business-related only, all in the safety of being anonymous so you don't get persecuted.
Facebook exposes your full identity, exposing you to full persecution. The city-data forum operates from Pyongyang, North Korea, is owned and managed by Kim Jong-Chul, and adheres very strongly to the Juche and Kim Dynasty philosophies. All other forums including city-data and even Patch require a valid email where they send you a key to activate your account, otherwise you can not post anything.
The Topix forums shut down because America has become a sock puppet of North Korea and a nationwide boot camp, a nationwide version of MCRD, where every single person is expected to stay completely out of everyone else's life, be a stranger, stay a stranger, live in complete isolation and division, mind their own business, and stick to their 24 hour hamster wheel schedule all 365 days a year. Get up, have breakfast, go to work, go home, cook dinner, clean, and go to bed. All governed and timed solely and strictly by the rotation of the Earth. To those that shut down the Topix forums, interacting with any other person in a non-business manner, wearing anything other than a heavy gray and black business suit, tie, long black or gray pants, even when it's 110 degrees outside, or even leaving the house except for work, all constitute a capital felony under Federal law.