No, not the same- the light is getting brighter, light blub in the writing department has burned out-- and I think former members are different, too. In the past, you had to be an public activist to get your message out- you had to interact and talk with real people. It took a certain amount of boldness and grit to go against the crooked WT religion. Those JW telephone helplines required you to talk on the phone, answer questions. meet people and be a public persona-- no hiding behind an avatar.
Today, we have people with 30,000 posts who think they are somebody important, but run away from an elder out in field service. They would have never had an audience 20+ years ago. We have elders on ex-JW forums who who pretend to be JWs and act like somebody important on an ex-JW forum, too.
Walter Mittys find their escape here.