The Forum keeps growing, which is great news, but there are some downsides as well, the most conspicuous of course being off-topic comments and rants in the wrong threads, especially the ones with most readers, such as the freezing/melting threads, and the IJIS and PIOMAS threads. Lately this has been really getting out of hand.
I've decided to do two things:
1. Delete those off-topic comments for a while, to see if that helps. It entails extra work, but so do the moderator reports, warning people and PM-ing back and forth.
2. Forum member and long time ASIB commenter Jim Pettit has offered to help out, and so I've decided to assign him the role of General Moderator, which allows him to intervene with all kinds of things, like approving comments from new members, moving threads, modifying polls when necessary, etc.
That should get us through the coming melting season.