There is a lot to respond here, and I don’t have time to respond to every point. However, I wanted to say that there isn’t really a need to reorganize anything, and in fact, I don’t believe much of a reorganization has happened. @pvc took it upon himself to move the mini Pro article to the Online Sellers category, and to be honest, I don’t think this was necessary.
My suggestion to the forum is that if you want to engage the online sellers and find out if they are selling something you want, you should post the question in the online sellers area. The reason for this is that I do not want the online sellers injecting themselves into every conversation on the site, constantly seeking the attention of new prospective buyers. I am not alone in feeling that this detracts from the overall quality of the forum, and makes the discussions seem less organic. I am looking at nurturing this community and watching it grow, and removing the pervasive influence of marketers is part of my strategy. My suggestion to pvc was to keep the new mini Pro thread in the main forum, but also add a second thread in the online sellers area so they could market their wares to you.
My suggestion would be to lock it (I can do that for you), and link to the new post from the very top of the original post. I think in some cases it may be worth having a post in the general forum as well as the sellers area, as I expect threads in the general area to get more engagement from ordinary users… I see the seller’s area as a place to say “Hey do any of you sellers sell the mini pro” and get their responses, etc… Not really a place to have a lively discussion.
If you want to take the DIY area “dark” that is up to you, and I will make that happen for you… but I will not invite the online sellers back to participate there.