Currently a lot of posts in Gen-OT are just links or copy pastes from news article with a generic sentence written by the poster after. So their personal input into the subject is minimal and they just copy paste news articles to the point where one poster can have 3-4 threads up in a day about news articles. These threads rarely have a good ending. Either there is no motivation for others to respond to it due to lack of interest, or they're controversial topics that get a lot of responses and then get locked.
If someone really cares about a news article enough to want to spread information about it, they should be able to understand what they're talking about enough to type more than a sentence that just asks for what others think of it. Otherwise it just becomes spam.