I think the whole purpose of this discussion board is being confused. I see it as a community soundboard. A person hears about something called 'discgolf' here in KC, naturally they go to the internet to learn more, a quick search turns up our site, they join the forum to ask questions, they go to the events page to see the dates of upcoming events, they read the news on the front page. The discussion board has the ability to connect area discgolfers in a transparent way. If one relied soley on Topica, it would appear that the KC disc scene was composed of CD, Ace Mason, and Jack.
I never suggested getting rid of Topica,(especially for the board), ultra critical, high level information is probably best transferred via topica to assure that it is recieved at the earliest possible moment. I just feel that the discussion is useful resource for a large number of site visitors.
Yes animated avatars can be annoying, and a ban could be enforced. I will also respond to any complaints about offensive material. I am adding avatars for members to choose from that are as inoffensive as possible (unless you count the french cut poodle), as many enjoy having them.