Well, Shambles, If you've been in a sort of self-imposed exile, I want to welcome you back, and ask you to please stay around! I know you well enough to know you're a good person, and I want as many good folks around here as possible!
In the short time I've been here, Mudcat has become an important part of my life practically every day. The threads that are not strictly related to music don't bother me at all, but if there are those who would like to have music and not-music on separate mudcat pages, I could live with that.
I would be very pleased if people would try to give their threads very accurate titles, because with an antique computer like mine, moving from one thread to another can be extremely slow.
I think having a place to express controversy and disagreement is important, so I favor continuing that, in a respectful manner. When you're disagreeing with someone, besides checking your post for insults and obvious disrespect, we should also read them over to see if they sound patronizing, for that can be just as insulting as put-downs, in a more sneaky way.
It's very exciting to hear that Max has improvements in store for Mudcat, and I'll be happy to hear what they are. It's true, nothing ever stays the same, and it's also true that Mudcat will be whatever WE make it. Let's make it something GOOD!!!