@Ea et. al.,
why did I not make this a public decision? Please go through the past four pages of this thread and read the various opposing views about this topic. It's symptomatic for a situation where there is no absolute right answer... this is why I made the unilateral decision! I don't want to spend the next few weeks seeing our members argue about the pros and cons of a second off-topic forum section. Please accept that I made an unilateral decision based on my belief that the Conservatory did nothing to support the MobileRead community as a whole. On the contrary, I have every reason to believe that it caused a lot of anxiety and unhappiness (even if some members may have enjoyed it -- remember, I have the whole community in mind).
Also, please understand that as administrators and moderators, it is our job to make decisions - sometimes even difficult ones - on day-to-day basis.