I hope this is the right spot to put in a question; if not, someone can move it.
I was just wondering about the rationale behind running game threads the way the are. Specifically, I mean the choice to lock them immediately after the game. If I were to guess, it seems like the idea behind it might have gone something like this:
You (the site staff) wanted to segregate the game threads from the rest of the site, so you made a sub-board just for them. But you wanted to avoid long term conversations building up there instead of in the main board. But, knowing that people like discussing games after the fact, you start a "post-game" thread for each game in the main forum.
Now this technically works, though there are a few drawbacks (moving to post-game threads seems slightly disjointed, and they can more easily get lost in the list of threads). But might I offer an alternate suggestion?
You could start the official game thread in the main board, and leave it open for posts there for a few days to gather up post-game thoughts. Then you can move the whole works over to the game thread archive section.
We specifically wanted an area functioning as a chronological archive of the games. This makes it easy to keep the games in order and to go back and find a particular game. If they are left open then there is potential for disorder. Also, the nature of in game discussion tends to be different than post game thoughts so the separation seemed rather natural.