It's was simply an attempt to please ALL at the risk of most who just "ho-hummm" and didn't care. Good example is the current lineup of topics and the SPARSE response to most of them. A "few" vocal members ( all five of thsm :>)) convinced admin that they needed their special space for their specific interest. Even a superficial examination would show that some "special interest" topics could easily be integrated into existing , more actively used topics. All above IMHO.