And in the rooms, the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo...
I like best the analogy of Mudcat with a big house with people jamming in some rooms, talking quietly in others, and standing around the kitchen, as people always do, drinking and laughing wildly at one thing or another.
The 'Cat is a pretty big house, and I visit various rooms at various times. When I'm busy and just want info on a song, I buzz in and buzz out and usually find what I need. When I'm feeling sociable and want to play, I drop in for some BS and hang out a while (I don't take offense at that designation, but have no strong feelings about what it's called. I do like some way of deciding if it's just a thread for schmoozing or a more serious thread -- but again, it's ALL music, because music is about life).
I've gotten acquainted with a handful of people from some of the threads and when we want to visit with each other in a way that doesn't take up everyone else's time, we send each other personal messages.
So what's the problem? I'm happy here and grateful for the resource. I just find it tedious to keep going over this same territory incessantly. Why do people find it so necessary to pick at things instead of going with the flow and seeing where it takes us?