Had it not been for the BS threads, I probably wouldn't still be lurking around this site. When someone first told me about this place, I had a rather vague interest in folk music. I had a few Peter Paul and Mary and Chieftains CDs, and grew up listening to a lot of bluegrass/country/hymn music. That was about it. To be honest, if this site was 100% music, I probably wouldn't have kept coming back. But some of the literary/political threads piqued my interest.
As a result of hanging around and reading those types of threads over the past year, I've also read many of the music threads and gotten a LOT more interested in folk/blues music. I've found a ton of new (to me) artists. I learned about Paltalk and was even persuaded by Jon Freeman to sing a few times (something I haven't done in years). Now I'm looking to buy a guitar (thanks to this site I have a better idea of what to look for).
Anyway, as much as I don't want to add fuel to the fire here thought I'd say that for at least one person, the BS threads have not detracted from the music but more pushed me in that direction.