I am a hobbyist and part time tradesperson who reads rec.crafts.metalworking (RCM) to gain insights into metal working techniques, tool reviews and other metal working, with the exception of welding (I separately subscribe to the joining/welding groups), related matters,
I used to find RCM a good source for such information. However, over the last few or more months, RCM has become nothing less than a board for anyone to post anything, related or not, to metalworking. The number of OT posts has reached spam proportions and my KILL file far exceeds the number of daily posts to this group.
There are literally thousands of news groups available where the majority of these OT posts appropriately belong, e.g. politics, computers, terrorism, etc. I would like to ask those who think this group is the only one to post in to please consider that others may not want to read or even see articles that are not related to metalworking. Your lack of consideration is driving away those who have a serious interest in metalworking and may just have an answer to a difficult problem being posed but don't read RCM because of all the OT noise.