Peter said in his original post asking for assistance from membership here: "That is also why I try to pay attention to changes in direction of threads and hijacking of threads." All of which has occurred on this thread in spades. I don't think it's asking too much of members to allow some us who don't like the way a thread is going to to voice our concerns and if needed for Moderators to step in and get the thread back on topic, however I bow to the majority, it's your sandbox, but the irony in this instance is not lost on me.
One of the major challenges for Moderators on this forum is dealing with the explosion of activity over the past few years. For example, by the end of the year, I estimate that we will have a total new post count somewhere between 62,000 and 72,000 posts. Bill and I are the only Moderators who monitor the daily activity of the forum. And, despite the fact that the total time that I have spent on this forum since I joined exceeds the total time of the next six members combined (including you), I still can't get everything right. A lot of things happen when Bill and I are not on the forum, and when things go awry it isn't always possible to undo them when we are back on board. The forum would need someone on the forum 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to be able to do that. Also, it is not a small chore to look at 62,000-72,000 new posts a year, or over 200 posts a day, day-after-day, without letup, 365 days a year, to be sure that they are in the right place in the forum's indexing system and that spammers aren't doing their best to invade the forum and that members aren't beating up each other, as we have been seeing increasingly over the past few months. The reality is that as the forum grows, we get more of everything--the good, the bad and the ugly.
I have often said, including in private posts between Steve and the other Moderators, that I believe that the moderating function of the forum is as important as the content of the forum. It is good, quality moderating that is the glue that holds everything together and, without which, the forum would eventually devolve into chaos. And I don't say this because I am a Moderator. I have see what happens to forums with poor moderating. I have also concluded that not everyone is fit to be a Moderator. One has to have the right personality and temperament and the ability to exercise sound judgment and to act decisively, even at the risk of having to take an arrow once in a while. I thought I died and went to heaven when Bill offered to be a Moderator. If that hadn't happened, I shudder to think what would have happened to the forum. Having seen what Bill can do with food, I hope that someday he will adopt me, although having seen Craig's wine collection and his fondness for the grape, it would be a close call