I'd say that this is how things should work, but a lot of people seem to think differently. You're always going to have people who want to say "hi" before they start posting things, so you might as well consolodate it into one thread. And you're always going to have people starting birthday threads, so (I suggest) you might as well consolodate them too. The "clutter" I mentioned usually isn't too bad, but once every few weeks it seems like the Cafe turns into a birthday bonanza. Right now, if you don't like "coming or going" threads, you can just ignore the one at the top of the page, or check in on it when it's of interest to you. With the theoretical "birthday thread" you could do the same. The way I see it, it would simplify things a good deal.