My personal take on large non-specific threads is somewhere in the middle. On the one hand I don't like seeing hundreds of new threads created when the information could fit into another existing thread, on the other I don't think huge threads are friendly.
So do you think that individual forums for each general subject i.e. 'Welsh TV' could be created so that all new developments, even small ones, could be posted in there? (atleast users interested in that topic wouldn't have to sort through posts about threads about MIDLANDS today, for example, to find their thread)
A Welsh-only or Yorkshire-only board would be foolish. There aren't nearly enough things to fill entire boards, quite apart from the idea of separating people and subjects off being unpleasant. This place may have had many criticisms levelled at it, but it is still rather cosy compared to many others [e.g. digital spy], with just four boards, and the main one which everyone is part of.
Tell me honestly -- do you actually *care* about what goes on in Wales? Do the majority of posters here? I'd hazard, no. Sure a passing interest if something more major happens, but I'd suggest most people are happy to have all the 'trivial' regional stuff swept away into one thread.
I can't honestly think when you'd need to "read all 254 pages", other than some form of punishment -- it all goes back to January. Surely any enquiry would refer to fairly recent things, and if not [say, when the breakflash was introduced to HTV], then the small thread dedicated to that subject would have *certainly* dropped off the end. At least the date is in there somewhere, for reference.
And finally -- several non-regular people have posted in the Wales thread [as they are most welcome], often starting with, "I don't know if this has been mentioned..", and they have never been attacked or jumped on. It is understandable if they weren't sure if it had been mentioned.
But to be honest with you, most people outside the transmission area [and many inside it] aren't really arsed to post in the first place.