Ok, I'm not entirely sure where this kinda stuff should be brought up, but this seemed like a reasonable place. The topic at hand is, for those who haven't guessed, the G&T "everything in one thread" policy.
On the one hand, the reason why it exists is fairly clear - to prevent "unnecessary clutter" and have a definitive thread on a subject. However, it can also be a terrible pain in the arse. A couple of reasons for this:
1) Given that a large chunk of the forum is in the US, those of us in Europe and on normal timescales tend to sit around all day waiting for shit to happen, the thread progressing a couple of pages, go to bed, and then in the morning find fifteen new pages to read. The morning sweep is bad enough as it is without monster threads to deal with.
2) "But it's all interesting information". Oh, come on. This is G&T - a fair amount of it (rising to "most of it" on slow news days) is chat. Chat's good when it's really funny, or when you're taking part. It's a PITA when you have to trudge through five pages of it in the morning, knowing that the conversation has moved on and you're not going to be able to make relevant replies anyway.
3) "So don't read the thread then." With most big threads, I don't, because it's the lesser of the two evils, but that means missing out on a lot of major developments. I wanted to keep up with the HL2 stuff and the DS stuff but timezones, real life and finite hours make it pretty hard to do. It'd be a fair comment to say that I'm often not interested in all the little details, so it generally doesn't bother me that much that I'm missing out on the minutae which really don't deserve their own thread. However, the huge official threadness means that, apparently, no-one's allowed to post anything
about that subject outside the official thread. Case in point is the "Halo 2 gone gold" thread, which everyone's descended on like a pack of wolves. Granted, no-one needs threads detailing every little snippet from Bungie, but for those of us not keeping up with the official thread it'd be nice if those kinds of thread, where the news is actually new and interesting, were tolerated and ideally encouraged, as it'd allow people to keep in touch with the big issues without trawling through the little stuff.
As it stands I'm having to keep up with a lot of news through Evil Avatar (which I don't really enjoy, because the editorialising is horrible
, and it finds it even harder to stay OT with the news than G&T), but it really would be a lot nicer, for me at least, if unofficial rules were changed so that news that is worthy of its own thread is not swallowed up just because there's a huge cesspool which happens to be attached to the topic already.