What's the point of Time Out?
As several other people joked on Becky's introductory thread in Any Answers, shouldn't that conversation now be taking place here?
Having already made my main points there, I'm ready to fight my corner over here.
One thing we need to stress is that this isn't going to be the source of lots of heavy-handed moderating - we have our hands full with all the other things you throw at us to be really strict about it. But these dicussion forums are designed exactly for situations where a small number of people want to really get into a shared interest, so it made sense to try and use that side of the site.
We won't be stopping conversations that go a bit off piste on normal posts - that's all part of the experience - but when Becky, Jenny or I ask you to take you to take a Time Out, it's all about trying to encourage you to make use of the full range of AccountingWEB's capabilities to collect similar content in specific places, rather than just throwing it at all comers on a single page (Any Answers) which is intended to help them find solutions to their immediate problems.
A couple of people (thanks Sarah!) have spoken up about how useful specialist discussion groups can be, and we'll be building some of their suggestions into the new edition of AccountingWEB.