PLEASE HELP THIS FORUM by keeping more to its topic. There have been a lot of off-topic posts over a long period of time, and there have been times when there were more off-topic or stupid posts than on-topic, interesting posts. In order to reduce the amount of archived off-topic content, we are going to start making more frequent use of the "Delete" and "Expire" functions of this forum. Posts that are deemed too far off-topic will be deleted as soon as we find them, and no notice, explanation, or apology will be given. Posts that are off-topic but sufficiently interesting to a majority of our forum participants will be expired a certain number of days after posting, based on the amount of time the thread remains relevant and interesting. This will better serve photo.net by making it more suitable for people searching for photography-related advice Sometimes, threads that start out perfectly on-topic wander somewhat into different subject areas. While it would be ideal to always remain perfectly on topic, we are all human and there is a natural tendency to touch upon subjects that are technically different than Leica Photography and therefore off-topic. This does not mark the end of the world, and I will continue to deliberatly allow certain threads like this to stay as long as a few common-sense (and sometimes obvious) conditions are met. I have always been very lax when it comes to moderation of this forum. Mostly it is because I am just a laid-back kind of person, but recently, over the last few years that is, even a much more active - rambunctious? - moderator would have a difficult time going through each thread in search of topic-worthness. Our forum has grown in number of participants and activity to a breathtaking level, but it's not all worthy of being archived as "photographic" information. I have been accused over the years for being ambiguous. For that reason, I will now try to "spell out" a few things that could mean the survival or the death of a thread. All threads must be mostly about Leica Photography or they will be expired or deleted. All threads, in their entirety, must remain polite, tactful, and supporting of one another. No part of a saved thread will have fallen into a dark area like politics, vulgarities, religion, racism, moderation policy, etc. (That list is not all-inclusive; there are many "dark" topics, unrelated to Leica Photography, which will doom a thread.) Saved threads will have been initiated with a good, valid, on- topic and interesting question made in good faith and with a reasonable expectation of interesting reponses that remain in the vein of Leica Photography. Threads that are mostly off-topic in their content, even when when initially made on-topic, should be deleted or expired, based on the severity of the threads off-topicness and/or the interest level of the thread content. Threads that are silly or just plain stupid will be deleted. From time to time, humorous posts will be allowed to stay so long as they follow other rules above (they're not vulgar, political, etc.) "Words/No Words" threads are of course welcome. "YOUR photo of the week" threads are of course welcome. "FS/WTB" threads are of course welcome. "Mad projects" are great. "What is Leica Photography" is also great, but it shouldn't deteriorate into a "Leica v. Digital" thing, either. I am not trying to be heavy-handed. I am trying to get a better handle on a forum that some view has gotten so far out of control that it will eventually not be taken seriously at all, and that is a very bad thing for photo.net AND our forum. I have always felt that if I moderate with a light touch, the forum will chug along and everything will be just fine, but as you know, this is no longer the case. Can you please help me out? There is no way that I can tell you everything that is allowed and everything that isn't. I need your cooperation so we can keep this forum an asset to photo.net. Please post your ideas and suggestions here. You are also welcome to email me if you feel comfortable with that. Thanks for reading. Sorry for the book.