In this sticky: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=348960 I disagree with John's view in the sticky, I think that Off Topic should be merged with the supporting member only Lobby such that the only off-topic area, for both DB and BG (to be fair) is for supporting members only in the Lobby. Here's why: 1. The site is large enough and self-sustaining enough that new "registered users" should be here to talkbass and not to mess around exclusively in OT. By having no OT section visible to registered users this is less likely to happen; 2. Far less likely to get trolls in a supporting member only forum; 3. GIves supporting members and extra "benefit" that is perhaps missing now that the lobby is fairly restricted in what can be discussed (more or less just religion based topics are the only thing allowed in the Lobby and not in OT). However, I think the only obvious downside is that OT may move into MISC so it may just make more work for the MISC mods. I wouldnt like to see OT be a registered user "read only" forum with only supporting members allowed to post there as I think it poses a risk that registered users who want to argue or discuss things with supporting members who are having visible conversations will either do it in other unlrelated threads or via PM. What are people's thoughts?