some of you have been asking about the shut down of some of the sub-forums... 1. I think most of it is still there, but it might be a pain to go back and try to restore. If someone has a really, really compelling reason I might try. 2. as to why... well, since I have don't have much personal interest in those threads, and since I'm not trying to create/maintain some huge wide-ranging community, I decided to bring the focus back to the stuff I care about. It's a big, big internet... lots of places to discuss stuff... doesn't have to be here.