according to some because the forums have changed into a too lighthearted tone
Aaaaagghhhhh......please folks, let's not confuse the issue. Once again, I say: No one is seemingly advocating that this site lose its sense of humour. It always was
lighthearted, and hopefully always will be. The issue here is context, validity and relevance to the topics at hand.
I'm not confusing anything Admiral and it's sort of funny to see that all of a sudden the agenda have been changed somewhat through the life of this thread! We've been talking about a number of things and among those we've talked about; hijacking threads, off topic posting, backstabbing a former (or present) rabid member with a serious paranoia, jokes and gags etc. We've also discussed some members opinion about this forum's change of tone
as in not serious
enough. Forgive me for mentioning this again but I have a feeling that the issue of humour, jokes and gags was an issue for some - if not you!
Bond wanted the forum to become more serious and the talk to be more whiskylike and several others complained about this forum becoming something that put the old knowledgeable members off to the point where they didn't even bother to post here anymore. Now, when someone says things like that I feel a little guilty - rightfully so or not, but especially so when some obviously want this forum to be very businesslike instead of a social meeting place - or chit chatting if you will. So, eventually this isn't only about "context, validity and relevance to the topics at hand" in the widest sense, but rather about this forum turning into a lexicosocial place to write questions and answers instead of being a virtual bar where whisky is the dominating theme.
I'm sorry if I'm wrong or being paranoid myself, but this is actually how I feel!
I'm not going to contribute further to this post, but will instead take care not to hijack a topic in the future!