The NES has been dead in this country for nearly 20 years. None of what I said has any bearing on my personal opinion then or now about the console.
Stuffing it into a forgotten corner is just going to stifle conversation, not encourage it.
It's not about a popularity contest.
but I think that a subforum for the NES will at least consoolidate the threads that are NES specific (and there are quite a few).
Fifty threads per page of this forum. On page 1, there are two whole threads (Including this one) dealing specifically with this console, five on the previous page of activity, four on the 3rd page, three on the next page, etc. Averages out to be something like 3.5 threads out of 50 dealing specifically with this platform per page.
It's not really inundating things around here. NES discussion is an extremely tiny fraction of the activity in the general classic gaming board. If there was typically a good bit of discussion going on about this subject, I'd be right behind you in requesting it get a dedicated section.
But there isn't. So why push it off into yet another subforum where there is going to be even fewer eyes and add another hoop for those will be visiting to jump through if they want to keep an eye on it?
It's a solution without a problem.
Since you took the time to look at the General Gaming forum, I thought I would too. I found ten threads, NES specific, in the first three pages. I stopped counting at ten, but I'm sure there's more. I agree, it's not a popularity contest, but look at the other subforums. The NES High Score club has over double the threads of either the Genesis or Sega HSC (and almost equal to those two plus the X-Port emulation).
The Coleco and Aquarius/Inty subforums have almost 1200 posts each. The NES isn't from the same era but if we're talking numbers, I wouldn't be surprised at all if an NES subforum equals that, especially with people googling NES and having Atariage threads show up. By your logic, the Colecovision and Intellivision subforums should have further pushed those systems 'into a corner', but I'm sure you know as I do that the members in those subforums are thriving and they discuss all things related to those systems.
I truly do understand your points but I don't think you realize how many NES threads are in the General section, nor would I expect you to go into each thread to find out. I just think there's more than people realize, and there could be even more if people knew there was a place to put them in.
Do I really want to start an NES thread in the general forum on Xevious strategy (since it's this week's NES HSC game), or do I take up space under the HSC forum?...I don't fully know, but I bet if there was a subforum, I would have made that post.
HSC forums are great for placing a score but it can be a pain to talk about the games without making long posts. And in some cases, talking about the game is just as fun as placing a score...that interest is what gets people going, after all. Having to read through each post to see if there's a recorded score could be annoying for the HSC moderator, although I can't speak for them.
Part of this idea sprang from the lack of a place to talk strategy/thoughts about those NES HSC games without making posts in the Classic General section. I can't say I've read anything to make me think that having an NES subforum would be a bad thing.