mmm... this off-topic, but I think it's extremely silly that people were complaining about side-discussions on the deals thread.
I don't think it's reasonable to expect a deals thread to be a stream of amazing deals w/o any side banter. the success of a deals thread requires active community contributing, and a list of deal after deal w/o discussion of the deals gets pretty boring to read & boring to contribute to.
I can empathize w/ seeing +15 new posts & getting excited about all the potential deals, only to find some random OT discussion... but if you are too lazy to scroll through discussion posts to find the deals, I think you'll find trying to keep up w/ all the headphone deals by yourself much more tedious than scrolling your mouse wheel a few extra times.
At the end of the day, the "deals-only" thread got shut down, and we are right back where we started. Hopefully, we are allowed to continue making deal threads & we can police ourselves to keep the extremely off-topic side-banter to a minimum :)