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So, I mentioned this in the "close the general discussion threads" thread-- how about thread tagging?
Essentially, without creating NEW discussion areas, you could tag a particular thread as being about a certain topic. That way, you (as a user) could keep track of all the Technic discussions if you wanted to (for instance). And if you like it the way it is, then you can ignore the tags completely. And it wouldn't require making 52 kazillion new discussion areas, most of which would lay dormant and create clutter.
It looks like Vanilla Forums supports this in the form of hashtags, although I haven't read up much on what sorts of features there are around this particularly. Might it be possible to create a list of acceptable tags, like say, #technic
? That way nobody starts a trend of hash-tagging things like #bobisajerk
or other non-LEGO topics? Would tags show up on a particular post only, or the entire thread? (I hope the thread). Could admins tag threads retroactively?
Lots I don't know, but throwing it out there.