Lively is good.
There are pro's and Con's to having a separate OOC thread.
- If the game hits big group status, the OOC thread will go in the same sub-group as all the other threads
- Discussions can go beyond a PG-14 rating. This is a public area of the forum open to guests who could be under age. An OOC thread created in the correct forum will be accessible only to members.
- It keeps the recruitment thread from getting too big - a recruitment thread that is 20 pages long can be daunting for a newcomer to read.
- On the same note it keeps random discussions out of the recruitment thread
- It gives the GM a place to gather the world's details together in one place - effectively a fresh start - where (s)he can include things that were not thought of when the recruitment thread was created
- The recruitment thread no longer gets posted to as regularly and can sink to the bottom of the forum. With E's bumping policy it is down to the GMs to bump the thread once a month if no-one posts in the mean time
- The lack of activity in the thread can lead new people who might be interested to assume the game is no-longer recruiting.
I can't honestly think of any other disadvantages. Those two are pretty big but can easily be overcome.
@ Jordan - If you do create an OOC thread, my advice is to create it, the post three or four replies with the word "Reserved" in before tyou tell anyone you have done so.
This gives you the ability to go back and put world details, rules of play, lists of NPCs, whatever you want, in those posts. They are gathered at the beginning of the thread where everyone can find them, and you don't end up with this huge long openning post that, no matter how well structured, will actually be a pain for you as GM, whenever you want to add something new to it.
You can always delete any unused reserved posts later.