I suspect this topic / thread has attracted the interest of quite a few of us. Whilst 11 votes (12 if you include Mr T's affinity for Douglas Adams and 42) and 19 replies might not seem like lightening has struck, it has been viewed 325 times in less than 48 hours, so it seems quite a few of us are keen to see what others have to say about the matter.
I'm grateful to Mr T for his honesty and sincerity (hell, it saves me pointing the finger
hee hee, just kidding!
) and I appreciate his analogy that if a raucous group starts making a bit of noise at the bar, others sometimes have to just move down the other end and hope it quietens down.
But my take on it is this: This is a whisky
forum. There are a million things that each of us try and squeeze into our day. My passion in life is malt whisky, and so I come here to discuss it.
If I want to show off my ability to construct puns or to swap jokes, there are a million other places I can go to on the internet to exercise this. But I come here to talk about whisky. If I want to share in some silliness, I'll happily put on my Monty Python or Blackadder videos. But I come here to talk about whisky.
I don't mean to sound facetious, and I mean no offence or ill-will towards anyone here, believe me. But when you log on to discuss whisky, and have to wade through non-whisky-related stuff, I do wonder whether I'd be better off looking elsewhere.
Allow me please to share something Bond posted on the "Tasteless" thread:
One side effect is that some of the more knowledgable people on this forum have turned less prolific in their posts, ostensibly because very few posts catch their interest. I personally owe a lot of whatever little I know to several such people on this forum.
We stand to lose a lot if this turns into a relatively non-serious whisky forum and complels some of these folks to look elsewhere.
I fully agree with and endorse these comments. Many of the knowledgeable and previously
-regular posters whose thoughts, comments and participation around here were very valuable have been much less vocal in recent times. Now I'm not suggesting that that is entirely due to the recent change in forum usage - there could possibly be other factors also. But where is Erik? Lex? Ruduloph Hucker? Tom? rOb? Gate? BruceCrichton?
Again, I echo Bond's sentiments....we stand to lose a lot if this turns into a relatively non-serious whisky form and compels some of these folks to look elsewhere.
I come here to talk about whisky.
Cheers and regards to all.