Andy, I agree with Ben. Leave the off topic stuff right where it is. I keeps the site rowdy and keeps me reading for a good laugh every now and then. I've got little kids and don't get on the water much right now, so lurking here is equivalent to my paddling season for the moment. I read some of the off topic stuff, and some is too stupid so I skip it. But, I'd hate the off topic banter to lose visibility on the site b/c its been isolated to some other area.
Don't take the bait everytime. Some of the recent stuff smells of just trying to get a rise out of you... which is part of the allure of this site!
hang in there!