Yeah, fifty words really isn't a big deal. This is just a way of ensuring that people really do put forth complete thoughts and have good conversation. Also, like Kitsy said: if you are somewhere in the vicinity of 50 words, I'm sure the mods won't jump all over you. (<-- 50 words)
House cleaning is a good thing and I think that it is good to consolidate some of the little fragmented threads into one big one so that we can minimize clutter and direct people clearly to where they will get answers and discussion rather than some little out of the way thread that is oriented around a tiny specific issue. This will also make it easier to discuss without risk of being offtopic.
Don't freak out, it is good for you.
Believe it or not, we aren't trying to be the big bad killjoys. Just bringing some order to the chaos that inevitably results from having many people in one local.
"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all of those things—trees
himself. Suppose we have.
Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones[." - Puddleglum, The Silver Chair
"I have had to believe a great deal in God because I have lost my belief in men." -Elias, Noli Me Tangere
"The price of freedom is learning to coexist with that which you hate." -- My
cousin.*rapes* I love you, Izzy.