Shooter45, I've never used a forum that didn't have a General Discussion area. The function allows posters to stay interested in the site and keep good discussion going when folks don't care to post on the very specific technical topics available. I tend to go all over the place posting from political to technical to whatever. I think that a General Discussion forum with a more specific Political Sub-forum makes tons of sense. Having 3 forums that are used for essentially the same purpose is another situation entirely. I could see that situation bringing about more concern. For example, some of the same types of conversations get posted in all 3 forums. Posters choose which to post in based on visibility mainly.
Maybe the non-firearms forums could be grouped. The Fire for Effect Forum and RKBA forums could feasibly be sub-forums of the General Discussion Forum. That makes the most sense of all the options in my opinion.
Thanks for the feedback. My vote would be not to dissolve a General Discussion forum. Doing that would depersonalize the forum significantly.
Thanks for the opportunity to comment!