This will be on a different topic than the opening post of this thread, but it will fit the thread title, so I think it might be appropriate here. My opening post in this thread discusses something that I consider to be extremely important to the forum. Don't let the so-called experts or the published media abscond with your brain. What you have to say is important and, for the purpose of this forum, what you have to say is way more important than what the media or the experts report. This post introduces another way in which we can use our own brains. I was going to suggest an area of the forum that could be set aside for tutorial threads, in which we would exclude the off-topic, back-and-forth banter that threatens to derail most of our threads here. This wouldn't mean that we would give up on moving the off-topic stuff from our other threads because the most valuable threads are those that remain on-topic. But this isn't about nagging about off-topic banter, overall. Are any of you familiar with the Foxfire books? Beginning in the mid-1960s, a Georgia high school teacher by the name of Eliot Wigginton, began assigning his students to interview a local person about any and all aspects of Appalachian culture and practices, and to submit a paper based on these interviews. These included oral histories, detailed instructions in various crafts and skills of all sorts, and a host of other things. In 1972, he assembled a collection of these papers and published it as Foxfire 1. This was followed by Foxfire 2, and so on. I once had the whole set but they were on the bottom shelf when my house flooded, which is itself a story that I might tell sometime. It evolved into the Foxfire Project, which became hugely popular until Wigginton was charged with child molestation in the 1990s, but that's another matter. My point is that these books were filled with instructions in performing skills that people rarely learn to do anymore, many of which were unique and, despite the fact that these were ordinary people whose stories were told by high school kids, the end result was anything but ordinary. Everyone here has accumulated a minimum of fifty years of experience, and most of us have learned a few things along the way. I am in awe of what some of you have accomplished, or been able to do at various times in your lives, and I can't help but believe that everyone has something to offer. No, I don't plan on publishing a book, or molesting a child, for that matter, but I know for a fact that the forum would benefit from threads that have a clear purpose and posts that add to the topic, rather than detracting from it. Touching on the title of this thread again, what I have in mind is not something that you have just looked up online, but something that you have learned through fifty years or more of experience. You may have figured it out all for yourself, or you might have learned it from someone else, but you have made it your own. However, you came about it, and whatever it might be, sharing it would be something that will, in the long run, bring more people here. This would not require writing skills beyond the ability of everyone here. Neither would everything in the thread have to be oh, so serious. The title should be descriptive, and the opening post should list the objectives of the thread. Anything after that is fine, so long as it furthers the objectives of the thread. I can remember when I bought my first Mac. After years of DOS and Windows machines, I was lost when it came to knowing what to do with the Mac. The web browser worked like any other web browser, however, so I did searches on "How do I (insert whatever it was that I was trying to do) with a Mac Pro?" In response, the search engine would give me pages of sites that supposedly answered my question. A lot of them weren't really much help because they referred to an older version of Mac than I had. However, the ones that were the most helpful were from one or more of several Mac forums, where someone had asked the same questions, generally in the thread title, and someone else had answered it. These most often showed up on the first page of the search engine results, too. However, if the question had been asked and answered, however perfectly, in the first two or three posts, but subsequently posts went on to discuss the pros and cons of Mac versus Windows, whether the Mac Pro was better than an iMac, how someone misses their dog named Mac, and discussions about whether Windex does a good job on windows, then the search engines wouldn't have any idea what the thread was supposed to be about, and it wouldn't matter that the answer to the question had been answered perfectly, because the thread would show up on page 137 of the results, if at all. That's why I nag about threads being on-topic. This forum costs me money. I don't make any money from this forum, and I don't plan on making any money from this forum, so I can't afford to advertise. If we are going to continue to attract new people to the forum, to replace those who have left, then our pages need to show up in the search results of the search engines, particularly Google and Bing. That doesn't mean that every thread here has to be a tutorial, and it certainly doesn't mean that there isn't any place for jokes, fun, banter, and everything else that we do here. We have plenty of threads that aren't about anything in particular, and that's fine. However, we have to have some threads that are, and that's what this is about.