I think it's time someone pointed out to all members the Etiquette and Guidelines for posting in the forum pages.
Really, and this has bothered me for a long long time, not just the past 3-4 days. Sometimes, or rather most of the time, these forums get way out of hand. Questions are posted, and nothing gets answered. It's very annoying to have to sift through 2-3 pages of comments that have nothing to do with the question.
That just doesn't include "witty banter", it includes comments like.. " Gee, I don't have an answer, but I'm sure someone else here could tell you". That's a particularily unhelpful response, which may leave some asking why you bothered to respond at all.
It's nice that some of the members get along so well that they can carry on their multimembered conversations here, but the problem is that it's not a chatroom.
I'm a member of another forum (non-decor related) and one of their rules is: "Thou shall not treat the forum as a chatroom". It works very well there, and you are able to read their forums and come away with knowlege about the topic that was posted. It's not intended to curb the forming of "virtual friendships", it's just there to keep the threads manageable and topic related.
It's not that we want to put an end to people's enjoyment of the forums, it's just that when things get out of hand (and yes, they have indeed) it makes it much less enjoyable for a great number of people.
So perhaps if we ALL take a moment to read over the Etiquette and Guidelines, and do our best to follow them, it'll make everyone's stay here that much more enjoyable.
Also, it's my hope that the moderators be a little more strict with enforcing the guidelines. It will probably feel less like a personal dig if the reminder to follow the rules comes from them, instead of a fellow member. No one wants people's feelings hurt here, I think it's just that a little more order is needed.
hope this is helpful, and not hurtful,