I really don't get this place, never have really, I mainly stick to one board, the New kit reviews. I don't get the segregation of cars and trucks, especially putting pickup trucks with big trucks. Or splitting large scale off by itself, I mean what's difference between a large scale car model vs a regular scale one? I don't get the point of the "General" board - it's supposed to be a catch all for post that are somewhat off topic and don't fit any other category, right? Then why is it right smack dab at the top of the page and the largest forum on the board? I've never seen another board where the "off topic" forum was given such a place of prominence and was the most posted in by a wide margin. I think that if you're running a modeling forum, your focus should be on modeling, not TV shows, or sick dogs or the weather or who has the best BBQ in East Decatur, etc...
But I gotta give this place props for being one of the few public places on teh interwebz that keeps politics and religion off the board, I dig that about this place and that's why I come here.
Separation of subjects is not a bad thing. If everything was thrown into one area, like at the Fine Scale Modeler forums, then topics get posted quickly enough where many topics get swept off the front page in a matter of an hour or so. There are people who won't look past the first page, and people who will complain that their topic isn't on the first page (or will continually bump it up so it will be). Sure you could do the "view new content" button, but it's a pain to have to press it every time you finish reading a topic.
Also, if you're like me and interesting in mainly just trucks/SUVs, or big boyz, or another topic, then it's nice having them separate. Yes, people will say "well why not look at everything!?" to which I say, I don't want to. Some stuff just is not interesting to me, like race cars and drag cars. Sure I'll look at them at shows, but you can appreciate them better in person.
I do sort of agree that it is odd having the general area right at the top, but it's a popular area so I can see why it is there.
I think you should split the trucks wanted/trade section like the car section is i like the way the cars section is setup that way
It is preferable to have it that way, however if people would be smart about how they create their titles, then this wouldn't be necessary. If it's a wanted request, put WANTED along with a specific item (or generalized items if there's more than one) so people know without having to open the thread. If it's something to trade, and it's more than one kit (put in title), than say that there are multiple kits (most people seem to already).