In recent years, we’ve seen a significant growth on the number of thematic threads on the “other cool shots” page in particular. I’m not sure how or why this trend started, but now we have at least eleven different threads:
Water, Water Everywhere... Post your Water Pictures here
Post your Art photos here
Houses of Worship Thread
Door Stories - Post your door photos here
Reflections - open thread
Post your Rust Junkie shots here!
The Bicycle Thread
Food & Drink Open thread
Post Your Bokeh or Soft Backgrounds
Post your Urban Exploration photos here
Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs!!
While I respect the right of members to initiate a thematic thread, I find that more often than not, there is a lack of constructive criticism and the threads are a mix of excellent shots that would deserve an individual posting and shots that probably wouldn’t have been posted at all if such a thread didn’t exist. Personally, the few times I have posted in one of these threads I have disappointed due to the lack of criticism and commenting.
Lately, what I think is happening is that when a new member joins, they see the threads and think this is the status quo -how the forum works- and they go and create their own new thread, and it goes on and on. I propose to create a "thematic threads" page with a thoughtful sticky note on threads in general, minding the quality of pictures and the overall spirit of the forum as a place for constructive criticism and photographic growth.