I think this is a good idea. I often have something I think about sharing or inquiring about that is not OC related. I restrain myself for fear of being scolded. I understand the reason to limit the types of content on here.
I know there is a lounge section as well as a general conversation section. However I rarely have time to look at anything other than this local washington section. It's people I know or am getting to know. I don't see why it would be a big deal. If I posted someonthing in one of those areas, I bet it would be burried before many of you ever noticed it. I certainly don't weed though stuff in those sections to interact with local people. Would it really make a difference if we had a thread here, or if we started threads in those sections with the heading ATTN. Washington people before the topic.
For instance I had a few handguns I had bought recently but not fired and thought abut posting a couple times to see if someone wanted to go to the range with me. More fun, more people. I guess I could have said anyone want to open carry to the gun range with me and technically been on topic. I also thought about starting a thread to see what different careers people are in. I like supporting people I know, and it also gives me a better idea of who somone is.
Maybe something like this would keep many of the threads from going off topic as often. I'm sure there are people like me that don't use many of the other sections of this site. But might not just lurk if it was easier to converse or add to a conversation without having to know leagal case sites or law references. And like I said. I understand server space, bandwidth, ease of monitoring, etc. But it's an idea, since we are clearly aloud off topic non OC conversations on the server anyway.