Originally posted by Daemon Sin
A few years back there was a big kerfuffle from the Admins about those type of threads being classed as spam so they were all closed (I think the first Word Association Game was closed for that reason).
Nice to see standards slipping!
The original WAG was closed because of its length (together with a whole bunch of other long threads), not because it was classed as spam. A replacement thread was created right away if I recall correctly; if it had been classed as spam, I am sure that wouldn't have been allowed to stay.*
I have found the WAG quite enjoyable at times. I don't expect everybody else to find it enjoyable, and I do expect that some people will see me as shallow, stupid, insane or whatever for enjoying it. That's fine. But there are clearly several people who enjoy it (and the STG, which I personally couldn't care less about), and the GF isn't flooded with threads like this, so I don't see the problem. If we'd get rid of every thread that some people don't enjoy and that are kept active by posters that some people consider to be shallow, stupid or insane, we'd be left with nothing.
Now that I think about it, that would be kind of fun.
*Edit: In fact, people were told to create a new one when it was closed: http://www.timeforchess.com/board/showthread.php?threadid=16193&page=3393