I am just putting my .02 cents in this thread and by no means do I really know what should be done or what can be done.
I originally came to this forum to learn how to make pizza and was awed by all the beautiful pizzas I saw and how helpful the members and moderators were in helping members learn to how obtain any kind of pizzas they wanted to try. I was also interested in how everything is explain in detail, even if I didnít understand what was being posted about.
I have seen very good members come and go, or not post as much as they once did. From Billís post on the other thread he posted they have left, or arenít posting as much because of all the chatter. I know I have been know to chatter too much at times and really would try to stop all my chattering if that helps any. I have also been know to go off-topic and would try to stay on topic as much as I can.
I donít know how the moderators keep up with reading all the posts, putting threads in the right places and then also trying to watch what all the members are posting. The moderators can try to clean some of the chatter up, but that is also time consuming and can hurt members feelings. I canít even imagine how challenging it is to be a moderator with the increasing membership and posts on this forum. I can see though with a forum that is growing so much in posts and new members what some of the challenges are.
Even is there would be a separate thread for general chitchat, or social area, that also would have to be watched by the moderators or Steve.
I have enjoyed off-topic foods and anything related to pizza. Some of the chatter lately is tiring to hear, at least to me. I know I can just skip those posts, but the moderators canít.
Really I donít consider this forum to be a general socializing network, although I probably was guilty of using it that way sometimes.
What happens as this forum grows, is something serious to considered in my opinion. I like to be a part of a community of like-minded pizza enthusiasts, whether they are new members, or members that have been on the forum for awhile. We almost all started not knowing anything about making pizza.
Maybe Steve could put forth some kind of rules/regulations of what members can do and can not do.
I would like to ask Steve if he knows how much of the forum bandwith is used up by all of the chatter. Does it really matter?
At first was I generally upset with the Ignore function, but after thinking about it more, it might give members a chance to think over more carefully what they plan to post. I know not all members will like other members, just like in the real world.