I'm not sure on what's the right thing to do when asked to either post in an old thread, or make a new one and mention the old one? Sorry if this was the wrong choice, and please let me know either way...
On the question asked, as a complete newcomer, I have been very confused when trying to follow/find where the threads are on the forum, and although this isn't part of the TripleA software settings, it is something that affects noobs being able to quickly find and follow games being played by others, sorted by versions/edition.
For instance, right now I know of no way to tell apart G40 games from other games, and it is becoming clear that Classic is NOT a currently popularly played version at the moment. My suggestions would be:
1 Sort out the PBF games by some system, so that visually, one could tell at a glance what base game the threads were about, and either/additionally, have seperate forums for those game threads all dealing with that base game and all of it's variations/versions/editions. I'm thinking alone the lines of the image of the game box somehow attached to/within the threads title.
2 Have a quick and easy way for all forum users to be able to see stats for such threads, in order to see things like how many of whatever base games are being played within a selectable range, ie in the last week/month/year/last played, as this would tell folks right away, what games they are likely to be able to find someone to play with.
3 Not sure if the mention of a 24/7 help desk was a joke, or something being seriously considered, but as a gamer without a clue, it might be interesting if such were in face available.
4 Along these lines, having a staff of players, that can take a group of newbies through a games setup/first round of play, on a paid basis, might be interesting, as the folks could join up, pay a nominal fee, and be walked through the beginnings of a game, complete with the whole creation of a PBF thread, sharing of save games, and the whole shebang.
5 Continuing along that line, if new folks, like myself, could just hire a staff member to walk us through a given base games first round, this could lead to renewed/increased interest in playing games and sharing with the community.
6 Tourneys for newbies, where victory is determined by competently playing X number of games, of whatever base game, that can be rewarded in some way that others can see. I'm thinking in terms of what Paradox does on their forums, what with little icons/merit badges, but not just for owning a particular game, but for proving their competence in said games, by playing PBF games, that anyone can go back and see how they played.
7 If six was a thing, it might generate interest in buying all the versions one could get their hands on, provided that the "Play Competently" as attested to in recorded PBF games on the forum, and NOT just owning the game, was what allowed one to earn their "Merit Badge" for the game.
8 Having such a thing in the community would, IMHO, be a big plus, and something I would be motivated to playing and participating in long term...