First, I'd like to say that GatorMedic and I see this topic differently and we both expressed ourselves in this thread, which was dealt with by the staff in a manner they deemed best. All well and good, but it has spurred the creation of this one because I find the topic worthy of discussion and, of course, I'd like to persuade Gator and others to my point of view. Second, Gator, to you personally, I'd like to apologize if I in any way made you feel like your opinion wasn't a valid one. We simply see the topic differently. Both sides have validity. I am not one of them, but a fair number of people feel like forums should be a cross between encyclopedias and libraries where you can simply look up a topic, find an answer, and, perhaps, ask followup questions. Which sounds good until human nature comes into play. If this is the way social creatures interacted with forums, we wouldn't, for example, have hundreds and hundreds of threads asking things like, "What is the best knife?" or "What bag will fit a 15" lap top?" If we go to the New Threads section, we see nothing but threads that have, by and large, been asked a thousand times before. So, to be consistent, if you are the type of person who wants pure threads that don't wander away after the initial question has been adequately answered, then for virtually every thread, your only answer should be, "Use the search bar, you lazy " Aside from intro threads or something brand new to the gear world, every new thread is just something that has already been discussed. But none of us do that, do we? Why? Because at the end of the day, and despite the fact that the vast majority of us will never meet in RL, we are nothing more than a group of friends drawn together by a love of gear. As such, most threads are initially naturally about gear, but because this is a community of friends with other interests besides gear, the conversations should, and often do, drift away from the OP. This is natural and organic because that is what we do in RL and this forum is just a device that mimics RL because we are real humans who crave real social interaction. Any member who has been here for any length of time does not stay here because of the gear discussions. Truthfully, most of us don't really need anyone's opinion on gear. We are here simply for the camaraderie and the conversation. Should we all expect that thread topics get answered in a serious manner? Absolutely. But should we all expect that thread topics will not evolve and grow organically at some point? Absolutley not. In RL, if GatorMedic and I were hanging out talking about "awkward moments while CCWing", at some point the conversation would morph into a related topic or, maybe, something else altogether. It's only natural. It's the way we are wired to interact and to attempt to force only narrow conversations on a group of people who wouldn't otherwise restrict themselves in that way is folly. Now, if you will excuse me, I'm sure there is a thread around here that needs to be derailed. Later edit- Just to be clear, I didn't start this thread because of the other thread being temporarily locked, spun off, edited, or an other action taken by the staff. The catalyst was simply this post by GatorMedic- -which I don't necessarily think was directed at me personally given everything else that was being posted and my reply- Sorry for any confusion. I'm really only talking about the two main ways people want threads to be and the reasons why I don't think the strict way will ever work well.