Personally I don't see it as a problem. The ACF/CCF bods haven't complained about us posting utter cr*p, nor indeed have they posted much of anything recently. Thus it is only really a title issue. If separate OTC and ACF forums were created how much use would the ACF one get? How long would it last?
Hmm... I think we have to big careful about this one, or we'll piss the big boys off.
You see, while you argue that this is the most popular forum, I think the Naafi Bar is slightly more frequented by the majority of users on ARRSE. That's the point. It's only popular because of a small band of merry men posting utter drivel, which is completely obscure and irrelevent, contributing nothing to the rest of the board.
Personally, I like it that way, but I don't think we can start throwing our weight around, simply because we have nothing better to do than post umpteen times a day!
Just my tuppence...
Maybe I'm not being clear. I think we should have a demerger, I just think the argument which could be more favourably received by the powers-that-be isn't about how we feel about sharing, it's about the fact that sharing the Forum is keeping the ACF-ers out. It seems likely to me that keeping us together is deterring the ACF-ers from having a place to post and that can't be good.
I think Moonman has a point, and originally the ACFers were not made to feel welcome at all, and to be fair, anyone non OTC related who comes into this forum has to feel a bit out of place. But are there enough of them to warrant it?
Exactly why I asked the previous question Lewis. Are there sufficient numbers of ACF-ers to warrant them having their own board? Because if a seperate OTC board is made, the ACF will either have to have their own board, or not have one at all.
I for one agree with Macks first post. The ACF component in the forum name is really for ACF staff - given that the ACF has more in common with the OTC than it has with the regular army. Since most ACF staff have some military background they typically contribute to the rest of the site.
As to whether the ACF warrant their own board, I'd say probably not. My reasoning being that most of them have gone to another forum to discuss ACF issues without the shouting down from the regulat /TA crowd. I think they deserve a place in ARRSE due to their military associations, but I don't think their own board is the answer.
Huge case of deja vu here..... trust me on this one folks leave it the way it is and don't complain.... I still have my interview sans coffee-esque PM's if anyone needs a good reason why this veritable powderkeg should not be re-lit.
Totally off thread but Batty_Boy was quite busy after I nipped out to the pub yesterday eh?