Some of us agree with the gist of what you @ginger2008 say. I am not the only mod who is a bit unhappy about the recent drift toward general chit-chat in the Forums. I’m not speaking of off-topic threads in general, as they humanize our community when they are substantive. But there are some threads, Random chat and the various games, that by their nature encourage substance-free posts and the overshadowing of go itself. Muting is not really a solution, as it is like sweeping dust under the rug. Those threads, again by their nature, encourage by example the invasion of substance-free posts in other threads. They also tend to dominate the top of the list, which means that go topics get pushed down. Many people seem not to look very deeply into the list, so the consequence is that lots of threads are now being neglected. Requests for teaching games and for reviews, once very common here, have largely disappeared. I think it would have been better to place the other games in their own tab, but it is probably too late for that.
By the way, the first game here was the “guess the rank” game IIRC, which was explicitly go-related. It even had teaching value, IMHO, in getting us to think more specifically about the characteristics of game play at various levels.
P.S.–since someone is likely to raise the point, I freely admit to posting a number of substance-free posts myself. Usually these are because I want to praise something beyond a “like” and do it in a public way, rather than via a PM. The key here is self-restraint, self-regulation, without which the Forums will break down altogether.
Edit: the system failed to show this as a reply to ginger2008. I have adjusted the first line.