@rubegon: So if traffic to those forums increases, you're in favor of shutting them down? I listed ways to avoid clogging up the new post search in post 12.
@Danielle: Fair enough, thanks for clarifying that.
Perhaps the solution is to have an off topic thread. One single thread where members can post the latest album/movie/tv show they really enjoyed, what they're eating/drinking, or anything else they feel like talking about. Just a thought.