In light of the many threads in this forum that discuss the sociolgy of physics, as opposed to the physics itself, I would like to propose that threads of the former type be separated from threads of the latter type, perhaps being moved to a different forum. PhysicsForums has a very admirable purpose---to facilitate the exchange of ideas (about physics) among the very knowledgeable and the layman alike. I have come here with questions before, as I know others have, and this is one of the main reasons that I like posting here so much. This forum distinguishes itself from the dozen or so other physics forums that I've come across because of this atmosphere. What is not useful, or helpful, or even pertinent to physics is threads lauding the impact of some book, or pointing out irrelevent data about which people cited which papers. In the end, this is not a discussion about physics at all, but about something else. As a concerned member of these fora, I would truly appreciate some moderator comment on this manner. Is there any reason why such off-topic threads should be allowed to continue? Should this forum be a fan club or a classroom?