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    That top 'off topic' topic per forum

    Did you guys ever notice: most forums have a top 'off topic' that gets so much discussion, it eventually gets its own area, either by demand or the mods just spot the pattern and break it out.

    The 'main off topic' is a sub culture on the forum that always says a lot about the group. Here, it seems to be beer, specifically, homebrew. Homebrewing takes careful planning, patience, experience, craftsmanship, its an art . . . That has a lot in common with building bikes and building the ability to ride, which takes years as well.

    I'm also on a forum for Toyota fj cruiser owners. There, the top off topic is clearly guns. There are long threads about building ARs, modifying guns for this and that, refining your shooting technique . . . Aside from the obvious connection (off road = outdoors = hunting/camping/shooting), guns are a lot like tinkering with your truck: very technical, careful selection of parts, models, features, ... subtle, carefully selected modifications that most people would never notice, etc. But, you could say the same about guns and wrenching bikes, only there's no gun subculture on this forum.

    What is that main off-topic on your other forums and why do you think it took hold?

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    hm, that's a tough one here. a lot of "off topic" discussions that tend to crop up here are at least somewhat connected to bikes or bike culture. beer is such a deeply ingrained part of it that it gets its own forum.

    others:

    weed
    dogs
    ******bags (of many stripes)

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