I share your concern DreQo. I have found that all the firearms forums I enjoy I end up wandering away from because of a rigid focus on firearms. I formerly spent most of my time on car forums and there were always places to talk about just stuff that interested the members. I developed many "real life" friendships on those forums, and there are people I met there who live hundreds or thousands of miles away whom I speak to on a regular basis, we visit each other or meet in certain places if one of us is traveling somewhere near the other and there are get togethers that draw people from around the country because the friendships become so close over the years. Friendships of that level do not form from remaining forum purpose specific. Most of those bonds formed over time in general discussion type areas of the forum where we discussed stuff going on in our lives, other interests beyond the forum purpose and often offered help and support to each other in all manner of things.
I would be thrilled to see an area of OCDO forums for non-firearm related topics. I don't think that such an area is "mission creep". If anything, it allows visitors to our forum see that we are not all single issue, one-dimensional recreation, firearm owner stereotypes. Visitors will see that we have families we enjoy, we scuba, work on cars, remodel our houses, think about raising children, getting married, celebrate special family events and occasions, go to school, write blogs, enjoy music and are generally just regular people. Without such an area, not only does it preclude we, the members from getting to know one another on other levels, it also gives biased visitors the impression that all we on OCDO care about or talk about is guns, gun rights, self-defense and assorted other topics that makes us appear one-dimensional. Therefore I submit that a non-firearms section actually better accomplishes our mission of helping people realize that we who believe strongly in the 2nd Amendment and the exercise of that God given right are just regular people who are the anti's neighbors, friends, business acquiantences and that aside from our strong assertion of our 2nd Amendment rights we are no different than they.