IMHO The "OT" threads are part of what makes this feel like a community to me. I am a newbie (at least I considre myself a newbie still!) and the "ot' posts never bothered me a bit, but instead, made me realize that the women (and men) here are really a community in every sense of the word... it didn't make me feel "left out".... because I made the effort to keep coming back and get to know these people.
If all you want is a place to get information and not "give back" then maybe a bb is NOT the place for you???
I'm not trying to be antagonistic, but it just seems that people who don't participate here on a regular basis are attempting to make those who participate on a daily basis fit THEIR idea of this board instead of what the people who come here often want the board to be. If you don't care about the friday SOS stalking, don't read the posts... if you don't want to know anything but laundering info, then don't read any other posts.
Ifyou just want general cd info, go to the many info pages (i.e. punkinbutt, darshani.com, etc.) and don't come here to get info. If you have a ?? post it... I've posted ?? that I know have been posted many times before and I ALWAYS get a respectful and enthusiastic response. If I wasn't willing to post a ?? I wouldn't get po'd about not getting answers to my ?? KWIM??
I know I'm a newbie, but this whole topic smacks of censorship and beauracracy...
if the "senior" members here who know so much and who are such close online friends started their own community somewhere, I know I'd be bummed and would stop coming here. Those are the women who answer newbie questions with sensitivity and grace... those are the women whose posts I read, JUST BECAUSE their name is on the "started by" .... because I know that 9 times out of 10 I'm going to learn something and the other time, I'm going to laugh
so, if you don't like to read OT threads, then you have just as much of an option to not come here if it is so irritating to you IMHO.