A happy medium should be possible to achieve.
Discussions of projects have always been popular in the lounge.
Check out Willys posts about the "Mysterion"
" It's great. Shoot, I got the idea to do my instrument cluster bezel from that thread.
But a thread like "No Topic" is still a good idea because it's a place to just drop in and shoot the breeze.
BowTieBabe, I'm glad to see you reconsidered somewhat. Saves me having to write a rant :-)
But I have to say, I agree with you, there needs to be a semi-continuing thread where the point is just to fun around. As far as "Soap Opera" is concerned, I must point out that "Soap Operas" are rarely as bizzarre as real life. This site and the lounge are a part of "Real Life" or we wouldn't be posting here.
(See My previous post on the "No Topic"
I don't think everyone wants to be "Straight Faced" ALL the time.