OK....my attention has been called to this thread and I have read (and deleted) all of the posts so far. Here is my take: I understand the frustration of all of the different categories. Note that the current staff of OGR inherited the forum format some of which can't be changed because it is baked into the software. I am not so sure we need so many categories but I can tell you that the history of how all of them came to be is because so many folks on this forum requested to have a specific category that could easily be found through searches without having to search through a category that had dozens of unrelated topics. I think the intent of my moderator that started this post was to call member's attention to the problem and it certainly worked! I am thinking (and agree with some of you) that perhaps a re-evaluation of the categories needs to take place IF in fact the software allows us to do so without great expense to OGR. If nothing else, perhaps a more precise definition of each category is in order ... but it seems that some of the categories already have definitions and folks just don't read those definitions! I think this is going to take an effort on both sides to make it work the way it is intended. The forum has become a place where folks come, even if they are not members, to do research and that research is much easier when one does not have to wade through a category that is littered with hundreds if not thousands of threads that have little in common with the subject matter of that category. For now, just do your best and I will make sure that we consider moving a thread first before deleting it. All that we ask is for you to try a little more to place your threads and posts in the most logical area. By the way, sponsors are allowed to post in any category other than the for sale/trade. This is part of their agreement with us in exchange for their paid advertising. Their main goal is to promote their products and services and so limiting them to one category on the forum defeats the purpose. Hopefully you understand.
Thanks to everyone!