I confess, if I see a little padlock icon, I read the thread. The title could be, "Things DaveF has absolutely no interest in" but if it's locked, I'd read it. I take perverse amusement in watching the trainwreck unfold, leading to the "This thread closed" pronouncement. If Ron & Parker want to make sure I read a thread, skip the "ANNOUNCEMENT" text and sticky icon; don't place it at the top of the form. Rather, give it a mundane title, a fictional post count to span a few pages, and lock it. I'll read it. Does this make me a bad person? Am I a moral degenerate for taking pleasure in other members' locks?