This is the place to come for discussion of off-topic topics. In fact, it's the only place on this blog for off-topic comments.
Complaints from a couple of readers about the prison dress code thread:
- You people are pathetic. Please note: You were asked several times to move to the other forum, yet you continued to allow the pointless banter to occur here.
- I can't believe the disrespect you guys are showing on this thread. Greg has asked more than once to take the off-topic chat to another thread, yet no one has bothered to do so.
And, from a trusted friend, not connected to The Star:
- You've got people peering into each other's shorts. Which is all well and good but it's nice to not drive away the intelligentsia among your readers, you know?
Worse, I've been thinking about Missy the Misspeller and her high school girlfriends, and the snarky high-school drag-racers who were here a couple months ago. I want both under-18 groups to feel welcome on this blog. And that's not compatible with flirty, sex-oriented chat.
Like this open thread, yesterday's Chat Footsie was an experiment. I'll keep the open thread, but please consider it, like the rest of the blog, strictly G-Rated. That doesn't mean dour, humorless or constricted. It means, pretend your words are appearing on a huge screen in an auditorium of well-bred 14- to 17-year-olds.
To those who've commented in the open threads - I value your comments elsewhere on the blog, and look forward to more on-topic comments by you in other threads. But please limit the social chat to this thread. It's almost impossible to delete a comment in TypePad in real time, but I'll do my best if I have to.