<font color=purple>Hey, I modified that famous saying myself once, only I think it was something like:
"When they outlawed 44's, I said nothing because I had 35's.
When they outlawed 40's, I said.......... " and so on.
Off-topic is always going to crop up when "friends" get together. I've yet to go to a 4x4 club meeting where hunting season, Mother's day, a new house under construction, or some other topic didn't find its way into our conversations - either during or after the meeting.
But, everyone has a different "tolerance level" for off-topic threads. When 6 or 7 of 'em pop up on the same day, then folks will start to complain & grumble. And while you're very, very
correct to say:</font color=purple>"EVERY topic that exposes the left-wing eco-nazi Klintunoid-type
whacko anti-everything liberal democrap freedom grabbers for the threat that they actually are is
<font color=purple>, some folks do come here to forget about all that other stuff & concentrate on fun things like Jeeps. I think we all need to be mindful & respectful of those folks, and when the off-topic stuff escalates to the point of generating complaints, we could back off for a bit to "ease the tension" - so to speak. Now, I'm as guilty as ANYONE for off-topic threads, so I sort of "see myself" when I hear the complaints. And I usually try to back off - for a few days anyway.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] 'Course, today's Friday, so LOOKOUT![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
Anyhow, it's up to us to try to dance on that fine line between "too many" & "just enough" off-topic threads so the admin doesn't have to do anything. Reminds me a bit of life in general & a song in particular by Rush called "The Trees". Can't remember the lyrics word for word, but the general gist is that:
The maples are mad at the oaks for hogging all the sunlight, but the oaks just don't understand why the maples can't be happy in their shade. So, the maples decide to "make" the oaks give them light. And a noble law was passed so that all trees would be kept equal by hatchet, ax, and saw. Granted, we have only the admin here, not the government. But, the statement is one I think you in particular will appreciate. If we can't make it work on our own, Big Brother will come in & we'll all have to deal with some level of oppression in the name of "fairness". Which of course is a politically correct way to say if we don't fix it ourselves, the government will come in & really hose things up. Gettin' a little off off-topic, so I think I'd better let it go at that[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img].
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