Hmm..... yes I think it is. I have followed the various "danger" threads and thought very much like spikeychris. When I read "Are we becoming a nation of yobs?" to be honest I nearly gave up. But through the usual ramblings of this site I think the thread has developed into something interesting.
spikeychris is I think trying to bring us back to the intent of ths forum which is "This is the place for lively and thought-provoking debate with other forum members."
When we didn't have a general discussion area, all I heard was people saying "why can't we have a forum where we can talk about anything, rather than having to stick to boring old computer-related topics all the time?"
I resisted and resisted. I argued that (in my view) such a forum would rapidly degenerate into an area where people, would talk about mind-numbingly boring subjects, such as "what do you keep in your fridge?" and "what kind of car do you drive?".......stuff like that.
The requests went on and on, until finally, I thought that perhaps I was being unreasonable, and that there was a serious need for a general discussion area. So, after much soul-searching I opened Speakers Corner.
Now, it seems there are some of us who agree with my original gut feeling - I've received quite a few emails voicing precisely the same thoughts as those put forward by spikeychris.
I really like this corner of PCA - it's what's lured me back to more regular lurking and posting, and I'd be sad if it were closed again. By its very nature there are going to be threads that some perceive as whinging, but that's the nature of a discussion board, isn't it? If it were dead or full of bad-tempered scrapping then you might have a point, but it strikes me as being full of interesting talk. Which for me means it's a success.
Could I perhaps suggest that those who find it boring and trivial then perhaps don't bother to read it? It's a bit like people who insist that telly is awful, and sit all the way through a programme just to be absolutely sure that it really is as awful as they think it is.