I can't speak for anyone else, but I for one really enjoy the non-av forum, even more than the aviation one.
When I first started in the forums a year or so ago, I only knew of the aviation forum. After a while, it seemed like the same threads kept getting recycled, and after countless defending/explaining the United Airlines situation over and over again to no avail., I finally got burned out on the entire thread. Those "Peter Max" threads keep on going and going, ugggh...those and the NW
DC-9's. Enough, already!
I found the trip report forum, which I enjoy, but this forum allows me to "vent" on hot-button topics, but also learn and read about other members who I see posts from all the time. Nice to match a face/personality with a username. I also enjoy the "fun" topics, and the pictures that people post, especially those from eBaumsworld, just crack me up!
Therapy after a tough day on a shitty job, trust me.
And the emoticons...I love 'em! It really allows me to express my personality! (or lack thereof?
I've always been respectful of others in this forum, despite how heated I might get on certain topics, and likewise...I've never been suspended for even a day.
Keep the forum. Enforce the rules. People who can't follow simple rules shouldn't be allowed to participate, period. It's as simple as that...
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!