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I don't participate in them which means you're all engaging in wrong-fun. And wrong-fun isn't allowed here any more (RIP soapbox).
/sarc (I shouldn't need to do this, but if I don't someone will be oblivious enough to think I'm serious.)
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
As OP said it has its pros and cons. But here is my reason why I don't like it much.
1. When CCC is posted, I can just look at it absorb it and try to solve it. I don't have to browse or look on past post to figure out the theme If I am not regular or following all post in the Lounge,
2. Theme makes solving easy but framing the next one challenging. This I feel I should be vice versa.
3. Theme gives a unfair level playing field for few ( may be not), but If lets say its decided the theme is Harry Potter or Vegan then I will not be inspired to look into the CCC for that whole week. My apology to all Muggles.
Having said that, if majority prefers theme, I will go with it.
Too much of good is bad,mix some evil in it
I agree, although I was partly responsible for them being introduced I didn't realise they would end up almost being compulsory.
The down side of them is, they preclude otherwise good cryptic solvers ( and there are lots on here ) from not only solving them but taking part at all if they don't know the theme ( I'm one of them ) so I've voted to abandon them.
"We can't stop here - this is bat country" - Hunter S Thompson - RIP