Here’s my thoughts, and I hope you’ll understand at least a bit more…
Most of the folks who’ve been on ELR for a while, tend to use (and rely on) the TRACKING function for threads (inherent in the Discourse software). This way, you don’t have to wade through a ton of “useless threads” (as you imply).
Let’s stick to strictly flavors for an example.
Let’s say I need to put an order together, and I have several different brands on the list.
I’m not going to willingly wade through 8-10 different threads just to find the deals I need/want/can make use of, because those threads may, or not have been updated. (Historically speaking, they’re not). So actively searching those threads is a waste of time because unless the code is a “perma-code” (in which case, they’re very useful), it’s likely already expired. Which brings us back to the “Good Deals 2018” thread.
Typically, it’s understood, that the “Good Deals 2018” thread is the primary thread intended for those passing (read as: temporary) deals, that come and go throughout the year*.
If you enable the TRACKING option (the toggle option for the thread, found at the end of the thread) then every time a temporary deal is posted, you’re alerted to the fact. This is the way most use it IME. You are notified the instant someone posts something, and get the best chance of getting the deal, since you otherwise wouldn’t know.
To me, the other threads in that sub section, are more for semi-permanent codes, and/or additional discussion of the terms, conditions, experiences with the product or vendor, etc. Temporary codes are frequently missed if they don’t get posted in the “Good Deals 2018” thread.
Which is why, when I run across them, I cross post (or link the original poster’s comment noting the sale) to the Good Deals thread.
I find this happens more in the general threads than the deals section though… But regardless, if you want to be thread specific, please feel free to do so! I would also ask, that you kindly post them on the Good Deals thread too if you really want them to be seen by the maximum number of people.
I think of the Good Deals thread as an RSS feed (always current), and the rest of those threads (in the deals and discounts) as archived data, that still is worth accessing once in awhile.
- = please note, special holidays will always have their own dedicated thread in addition to, and separate from the Good Deals thread, because quite often, deals have, and will crop up during those sometimes localized holidays that are still suited for everyone, but have nothing to do with the holiday. Those still belong in the Good Deals thread, so they don’t get lost among the holiday sales. (Again, historically speaking)