In response to comments on threads and in email conversations TBAT gets the sense that a number of readers would like there to be at least one "open" thread a week. Such a thread would serve three purposes: first, it would be a good place for people to have purely social conversations and share personal news without having to worry about whether it's relevant or welcome to the discussion; second, it would let people bring concerns/news/ideas to the board that they wish to share with other readers; and third, it would serve as a good place for people to take conversations that have become heated/off track.
The existence of such a thread would also allow readers (including but not limited to TBAT) to suggest that conversations that are derailing threads, or which are triggering, be taken to the nearest open thread.
What does your native language (if English is not your first tongue) or your native dialect of English permit you to say that you cannot express comprehensibly to an international English-speaking audience?
How does the particular structure and vocabulary of your native language / dialect shape your thinking?
The Board Administration Team
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)