I've noticed that the ARRSE Mess is a terribly formal place to be. It's hardly surprising as there doesn't even appear to be a bar! C_C does a grand job of policing the posts, ensuring that the content remains on topic, but this can be a bit frustrating when the subject follows a natural trend off-line. Is it time to delve into the Mess Funds and turn that large store room at the back of the Dining Room into a Scruff's Bar? It shouldn't cost much if we keep to a sensible colour scheme - largely magnolia with green and black highlights, perhaps a bit of red gloss. (Lady members may have an issue with the colours, but we can get them for nothing). And we can AGAI enough juniors to help with the decorating. A Scruff's Bar could be a place where you can wear jeans and T-shirts and drape yourself across the time-retired furniture, indulging in meandering conversation with moderation less strict (e.g. use as many smilies as you like). Seriously, though, is it time that Seniors had a Sub-Forum, new posts not advertised on the Index Page, that we can retire to when we don't feel too serious, but tire of the NAAFI and want the company of our own? I've opened a poll on this subject to get the feel of the Mess Members. It would be pointless trying to open a Scruff's Bar only to find that nobody uses it. It would be useful to suggest the rules that would apply in the Scruff's Bar (i.e. moderation rules) to ensure that, while relaxed, it maintains a standard appropriate to the Mess.