Ok... I think threads degenerate when all the points have been made (or close to it)... which brings us to another point that was raised in this thread:
#1 Shout box
#2 Thread splitting in general
Perhaps thread moving and especially splitting haven't been as thorough as needed to cut down on the OT replies and off shoots.
Some things might need sent to the Shout box (or other sub forum)... Others might be a legitimate off shoot of the original thread and simply need their own thread in the main forum.
And speaking of proper forums... Shouldn't this thread be in the Feedback forum?