"...newbies are probably being turned off by all the coffee klatch, old-home week, boys/girls night outs, quilting-bee chatter, reminiscing about old times postings."
Actually, a large proportion of long-time lurkers (yes, myself included) lurked specifically because of the 'coffee klatch' atmosphere. I know this because they say so in their postings. A lot of former 'newbies' are now 'oldbies'; we're just carrying on the tradition ;-)
The day this Helpline ('Oh, no, she di'n!’) loses the coffee klatch, old-home week, reminiscing/chattering feel, I'm outta here. Of course, you may say that would be a pleasant development...
Karen, I'm sorry I reminded you about the Hula Hoop Lady LOL!
OK, Everyone - break it up. Back to posting on 'real' threads...moneybelts, RailEurope, wheels vs backpacks :-P
Edit: Sports Teams - "Occupy Wall Street?!?!?" ROFL. Thanks, Rebecca. Times like these I wish I was on Facebook (sigh), but not badly enough to be bothered with it.