Thomas, Mods et al,
Maybe we could use a new approach to 'shout-out' threads / 'anyone on-line' threads. I'm as guilty as anyone of posting fun but worthless chit-chat that does not deserve to be preserved for future generations to contemplate.
1. Create a new thread called 'Shout-out' or 'Anyone want to chat?'.
2. Ask people to confine their general hi-di-hi's to that thread. Tell people to be sure not to post any life-changing/earth-shattering remarks in that thread as the entire thread will be automatically deleted at the start of every day and a new empty 'shout-out' thread will appear in its place.
3. See how the idea takes off and whether people find it useable or are willing to confine their natter to it.
Just a suggestion. Is that workable?