Interestingly enough, most of the people that have responded to this were not really in the target range. There are people here who are far more extreme about it than any of the folks who've replied so far.
BUT, to try and respond (in no particular order)...
Jimmy and Scott, I agree for the most part, and i've never said there was anything wrong with non-musical posts. I'm only questioning the dedication of any musician that uses the free time it takes to post thousands of posts-a situation made worse by the fact that most of those posts are non-musical. IF I had that kind of time, I would be working on music. Not a judgement, just a statement.
Jimmy, of course the music threads are boring for you...you've been here for quite a while and it's rare to see a new theme pop up. That's exactly how I feel about the political posts...I couldn't care less about them, and right now they make up a huge chunk of the forum...YAY. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a music forum to be PREDOMINANTLY about music. Don't worry, I'm a fair person: When I go to a porn site, I'm not interested in the music there...
JCP61, interesting take...so discussing things other than music makes harsh discussions about music less abrasive? Basically, you're saying that shooting off at the mouth about other subjects keeps the musical discussions friendly? Hmm. Maybe. Then again, I've never really seen any proof of that.
Glen, apparently I don't get it, and I don't know what "getting it" has to do with being one of the best musicians. You'll have to clear that up for me.
PD, thanks for the respect, although I have to say that your statement makes me feel like it's more important to be seen on than forum than to have anything to say:
If it were always strictly about the music, it would get too much like a 'job' to get on the forum
...Meaning we would have to work at it to have something to add? Maybe I've missed the point. Anyway, I'll repeat my earlier sentiment that I don't have an issue with non-musical posts, but then again, I don't go to funerals expecting to see circus clowns. Seeing one once in a while might be a nice change. Having ten clowns at every funeral would seem innapropriate...anybody else digging the funeral clowns metaphor? No, just me?
GtZip, Sorry dude, that was all sober...
Sans, you probably made my point better than anyone. I never said to do nothing. I never said ignore your principles. I certainly never said that you were all talk-I know better. But what possible good comes from posting frustrations about a person, place or situation in a place where no one that can do anything about it is ever gonna see it? Good men should do something. Keep evil from flourishing. BUT, you can't weed out your garden by peeing in the city park. It doesn't work that way. That's the point.
Don't like Obama? He's probably not going to see the criticism posted here.
Upset about illegal immigrants? I doubt any of them are carrying computers on their backs as they run for the border. They are not getting the message.
Gas prices piss you off? I think I saw that the Exxon tiger recently changed his avatar, and it's really apologetic now...no, no, I'm wrong. Nobody from Exxon on this site. Ya know why? Cuz it's not a Big Oil forum.
It's a music site.
I've had a lot of fun with this (and actually did write a song about it), but come on, somebody tell me that they get the point...please! Like I said, I don't mind talking about something different every now and then (and I'm not trying to control the forum, either). You guys just overdo it. Some of you have been around long enough to remember when Craig Maxim was flooding the board with every single news flash he could get his hands on...music was basically non-existent here. We are getting close to that point again.