paperairplane -- yes, you're right, a single "no topic" thread doesn't threaten the very fabric of space and time. But too many threads like that dilute our goal, and bring us down a notch.
Beenaway2long -- I see what you're saying about the Dump. When we first had the Dump, it was an open discussion forum, just like the Lounge, but with lower standards. Then, we decided to make it read-only (no new posting). Then, we made it so that only members with 10+ posts could see the Dump (no attracting new members based on our "Dump" content). We knew all along that as we sanctioned the Dump, the Lounge would decline in quality. Now we are at a crossroads. I believe the solution is not in loosening the Dump (a step backward), but in tightening the Lounge -- a step forward.
Thanks Nightfire. How about no junkers for one week, then some occasional "no topic" type threads now and then for fun?