I do agree that we need our leaders. The current leaders, aka the hopscotch team, are adults who cannot afford to be on the forum often. They have spouses, children. And I, in particular, know a toddler takes up a huge amount of time.
But we can't ban general topics.
I'm traveling all over the world. I have no friends that I see in real life anymore. Without the ability to talk like friends, we would lose so much. I would lose so much. I'm being honest here- if the forum was changed into a place where you could only talk about coding, around 70% of the forum would leave, myself included.