Like you I too have discovered that the enthusiasm and drive of Slackers is not there anymore. I noticed a decline in some of the Slackware Forums about 5 years ago.
It was my experience that some of the members in those forms didn't illustrate or practice much empathy, kindness <or> respect to new or old Slackware users.
I'll continue to run Slackware regardless and practice my dedication to assisting others who want to learn and run it:-
Yeah, you're right. Kindness and respect aren't what they used to be 10 years ago. The tone has become harsher. Of course, I'll still keep Slackware on one of my laptops. You don't just throw away an OS that you've been working with for over 20 years. It's really sad.