i ranted about how the very ethos of this website is to seem respectable, so anything interesting rarely comes up. With most threads being innane application questions, the majority of threads are dry facts rather than interesting debate and discussion (by that i of course mean gossip, mockery or rants). And no one's allowed to change that ethos, either, because although we're a community of users, we have to respect swear filters and rules about rudeness etc. and a request for a separate forum for actual students to escape the domination of the oxford forum by applicants is denied precisely for the reason we requested it in the first place.
This isn't to criticise the mods- anthea and helenia are both really nice people (calciumkid, i don't know you, sorry)- rather the whole structure they're working in. Which brings me onto my second point- everyone who's not an applicant in here by and large already knows the people on here quite well, so we're hardly likely to start taking the piss out of each other etc.
all in all, this place isn't anything like oxgoss, and never can be. While there are some aspects of oxgoss that probably don't need to be brought back, a lighter hand in terms of moderation and a separate forum for actual students would go a long way to making this a more fun place for people to use ( and would certainly drum up advertising revenue *hint hint*), but for reasons i don't fully understand, i can't see that happening.
Mods- i know there are rules against reposting deleted material, so if indeed this was deleted, i apologise- you should probably tell me you've deleted something, though!