The problem I see is with posts in new releases with technical issues. I've seen topics with no download link in post 1, then link gets broken, then people cannot find or raccess the download link on the page and so on. It would be kind of awkward to go ask in general discussion to come back and see the answer in new releases and even if the message is copied, the poster would have to go look at the other topic automatically generated when he created a topic in new releases to come back and answer in new releases, still kind of awkward.
The problem here if I'm not mistaken is that people want to have a fast way to check for new releases. There could be a sticky post in new releases that nobody could write to and only a bot/script/extension could post the pos 1 of every new topic in new releases. This would kind of be a digest of all new releases and if you see a new post in there, means there was a new topic and if you want to quickly look at what games you could play, just look at the last page of that sticky and browse different latest games which are all a copy of post 1 of their topic and with a link to go to the topic for more information. The only problem would be with game updates, however, people could just modify their post 1 and it would get updated in the sticky. This would also be great, because it's painful to hunt down a topic to find the latest version where they can just update their post 1.
The most important aspect of this to me is that it needs to be really simple for developers to post new releases. We measure a user experience with the metric of wtf/minute. It means it must be intuitive, no special rules or things you wouldn't expect, don't forget we have external developers just coming here and dropping a new game they made. They must not have to get through a learning curve of I create a topic there, then monitor a different topic and come back to that one to answer, or know that ok, I post this new release, then my topic will get moved to general game discussion and so on.
I like the way New Releases is now, because I discovered the "New" link up top in the forums page and it lists all topics with new posts. I do understand though that some topics in new releases went way beyond new releases and became general game discussions, perhaps because the topic didn't exist in general game discussions to begin with.
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