A measure of Mudcat's vitality and strength is its ability to withstand criticism and growth and change and remain fluid. In my experience, the people who come here in the first place have an interest in the music -- that's the glue that binds us initially. If it were a tennis site, presumably those who visited would share a passion for tennis.
It just so happens that folks with a penchant for folk music and blues often share other sensibilities on many levels. So, we talk about everything and anything. And we have a "Hull" of a good time doing it :-) And as far as I'm concerned, the music is always there -- it just might not be the central topic of discussion at every moment.
I prefer to open my heart and mind to more possibilities rather than limit my options. I would like it if "Guest" agreed with my points of view, but since s/he doesn't, I simply have someone else to learn from.
Peace, love and Mudcat,