Robin Orton wrote:.... there is no place on the Forum for friendly, constructive, illuminating, non-confrontational, mutually supportive conversation about general issues.
If you could devise a way of restraining general discussions so that they fitted into that category then I am sure that Admin (or his successors) would find a place for them.
I'd suggest that the Town Cafe is already the place - I don't recall it ever being unfriendly.
Admin once told me (after I made a similar suggestion about something) that the more sub-forums that are offered, the lazier or more bewildered people become and thus post everything under the first main heading as it will receive the widest number of views, the other sub-forums being largely ignored. After considering posting behaviour on other forums I post on, I have to agree as that is exactly what happens in my experience also. The keep it simple philosophy.
While my view as to what the Town Cafe could be is at odds with biscuitman1978's view, I would add that when I have introduced lighthearted threads into The Pub, they scarcely receive a reply. Why? Probably because there's nothing much to add or to debate either so they are decidedly shortlived. Some people do like debating for the sake of it. I do about some things especially if views are distinctly different from mine, which makes it interesting. Not personalised bickering of course. By definition, people debating or arguing aren't agreeing, which can be boring to some and seem unfriendly to others. Anyone is free to start a new thread in The Pub of course.
One criticism made sometimes is that newcomers' posts are ignored as if their opinion doesn't count when trying to join in when two or three people are dominating a debate. That is seen as unfriendly but is easy to address by actively including them isn't it?