I've been thinking about this for some time now. The recent surge of gear swap related posts in the forums has become quite distracting and frustrating when trying to concentrate on other posts when opening up on the Recent Threads page each day (I switched from Recent Posts to Recent Threads because the gear swap posts were getting way out of hand on the Recent Posts page). I've been trying to think of a way to organize it better for readers so they don't have to wade through so many personal advertisements.
Two things I think could help greatly with this, while at the same time allowing those who want to sell gear to still be visible and part of the community. How about listing posts on both the Recent Posts and Recent Threads pages within separated categories, using the same names as those in the forum index? So, for instance, a "Gear" section, a "Chaff" section, and a "Gear Swap" section, each shown as a running section with a certain number of visible posts listed on the Recent Posts and Recent Threads pages. This way people can check up on BPL forums from here as a starting point and choose what they want to see without the frustration of constantly having to be subjected to posts they are not interested in, most especially gear swap posts and chaff posts.
An added functionality could be to make each thread within these categories visibly threaded, perhaps by a drop down view of the thread, so that a reader doesn't have to dig through each link to get to the point in the thread to which they've not read yet. This would be especially useful for very long threads like the Carbon War thread, which is very difficult to navigate through at the moment.
What do you think? Any chance something like this could be implemented?