not for that reason at any rate.
I pulled the thread (and locked another) because experience has taught me that to allow one will inevitably mean allowing others - and therein lies the rub.Your comment that 'inane babble' is hardly likely to happen is misplaced I'm afraid - that's exactly what happens when these threads are permitted, as I know only too well.
Believe it or not, many people don't like football, or smutty humour (the other common 'light-relief' subject), and we receive lots of complaints via email when these threads appear. The fact that you've been a member for a long time should have made you aware of our policy regarding such threads in Helproom and Consumerwatch - we haven't varied it since the beginning, although there have been forum areas that allowed for more general discussions in the past.
We think we're right to regulate the content in the way we do - and the feedback that we get from members has (so far) confirmed that view. We don't plan any policy changes I'm afraid - we'll stick to being a computer help forum and let others run the general chat variety. Non of them (that I've seen) have anything remotely approaching our membership, so we must be doing something right.