The business of GardenWeb
I think all the bickering has gotten a bit out of hand, but I'm going to go out on a limb here, and probably offend everyone.
First let me say - I do not mind off-topic posts.
Second - I did not complain about them. If I'm not interested, I don't read.
But if you look at this from GW's point of view, you're interfering with their business.
How? you may ask. Well, this site is a quilting forum. GW stays in business by attracting new users who will then view ads. If there are lots of off-topic postings on the Quilting site it makes it difficult for new users to find what they're looking for. It also make the group look cliqueish and intimidating. Several people I have recommended the site to have been reluctant to post.
GW's solution to this was to provide us with the Conversations Forum. And if you all start posting your quilt posts in the Conversations, the moderators will likely move them back to the Discussions side for all the reasons already pointed out.
Last, but not least, you did agree to the forum rules when you joined. This isn't a democracy.