This site is a reflection of its users.
It is completely democratic and anyone [except blasted spammers] can voice their opinions on whatever subject they like as far as I'm concerned. The miscellaneous section is there for a reason, and should be used for any off-Keats topics.
If anyone thinks the discussions are not to their taste then they must add a new topic themselves.
If you're willing to look you can find I think a great deal of all kinds of discussion on this forum. It's present state is a reflection of its present users. They have the power to make it what it is, or what they think it should be. I am merely the editor, or more correctly janitor of this place, I mop up the crap and make sure the lights are running but what goes on inside is up to you people.
As for smilies, there is a topic viewtopic.php?f=4&t=533&start=0&view=viewpoll
in which users were asked if smilies were to be allowed or not and 88% said yes. If the scales tip the balance the other way then of course I will bow to that verdict.
For the record I was, on my own first acquaintance with the internet, not at all in favour of smilies and stuff like that, but you get used to them and I find them marginally less annoying than the almost complete collapse of spelling and grammar amongst so many people who post on the internet.
Thank you all for your feedback, but I say again the forum is what YOU make of it, what you write in it is up to you, if you want to discuss anything different, or more appropriate you have the power to create your own talking point; just click new topic
and off you go.
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".