I'm still quite new here and I don't want to speak out of place, but perhaps I've completely misinterpreted this forum. While I've certainly noticed that there are some professionals represented in the forums, it has always seemed to me that the biggest focus was on pizza making at home, as a hobby. If you were to redirect the focus to professional pizza making, would you push away people like me who are wanting to learn how to make better pizza at home?
This website was originally created to allow us amateurs to put our collective knowledge together so that we might learn the secrets to making restaurant-quality pizza at home. None of the professionals would share their secrets and professional-level cookbooks were virtually non-existent. So, in essence, I created this site in an act of desperation to learn. That was almost 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then. This site has become a magnet to both professional and amateur, and I believe that the site needs to evolve in order to cater to both camps. And it has to some degree.
One of my main concerns about the "social" boards is that some of the posts stray waaaaay off topic. I'm not going to say names, but one such topic ended up with a racy photo and a discussion of the attributes he finds appealing in members of the opposite sex. Clearly not pizza related. And clearly not something that I'd want my daughter, wife, or mother to see. And, probably, not something that a professional would want to see.
So now we are presented with a balancing act. What's acceptable and what's not? I know this site has brought people together and it has fostered friendships. And, for most of us, this is the only venue we have to keep in touch with those people.
So, how do we solve this dilemma? I want everyone to feel welcome here, I want my daughter to learn the art of pizza making. But I don't think she should see posts about the sexual preferences of the members. So, while we do have a chit-chat board, even that board needs constant attention by the moderators. And that's what is causing the frustration.