Gotcha, Elvi. It is a constant failing of mine to hope for the thoughtful and rational... a lesson you'd think I'd have learned by now, but I'll let you know how muh longer it lasts once I'm teaching full time.
Guidelines sound good, though. I think those will be needed to move forward with the changes Lilac has discussed, like naming threads that are meant to go together. I know the board software can sort by subject box text, but even a typo would make that problematical, and it would have to start out with the game name to be worthwhile as a sorting mechanism. Once it's sorted by subject text, however, it doesn't necessarily sort with newest at the top. Is that a system setting, perhaps? That could alleviate a lot of the potential hassle of having multiple games separate threads jumbled into one board.
Then three more questions for you, Lilac:
1) The mention of having five threads to set up proto-games... would that be a rules-based limit on the max number of threads for a new game starting up, or would that be a system setting for the max number of threads a single person could create in a given board? Quite a number of site members seem to have several one-on-ones and a game, for example, so I was curious how that would work out. Looking at X-Men: Unsung Heroes provides a good example of a game with fairly good activity that relies on multiple threads for the ability to follow the gameplay, not to mention housing the character information to where it's easy to find for reference. Now, if we're moving to something where that sort of game just won't be workable here anymore, that's cool, but it's something we should all understand and be prepared to adapt to.
2) When you say that having a limited set of boards would help because people would see fewer threads, that might be the case on the main page, but it would be the opposite in the subject boards, wouldn't it? If I'm grasping this correctly (which I might not be), there would be threads from multiple games all in one board rather than split out into daughter boards, so people would see fewer titles on the main page, but lots more as they try to find the threads for a given game. How much will it drive people crazy to see the threads for possibly a dozen different games all in one list and follow what's going on in just one of them? Me, I'd rather see the larger game list on the main page, and ignore the games that don't interest me rather than slog through to find isolated threads that do interest me out of a far longer list of threads. Again, like in question #1, if that's where the site has to go, then that's a fact we just have to deal with, but it raises a different kind of cooperative, thoughtful behavior to keep things straight: accurate and thorough tagging to allow sorting by subject text. If one kind doesn't work, will relying on this kind improve the experience on the site?
3) How severe are the underlying software issues? Are we really saying, here, that when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, the software truly only has the capacity to handle linear gaming, where everything can be in one thread, whether it's two people or twenty writing in the game? If that's what's under the hood, so to speak, then I can understand that, but I'm getting really confused about whether this is about software limitations or about what people want to see in look and feel. Are a lot of people complaining about having to scroll up and down on the main page?