Some perspective on this, at least from my point of view.
The main reason we started merging threads together this season is pretty simple.
This was rapidly becoming the Anti-O'Brien Digest and by about a month and a half into the season (I think don't hold me to that date) we just kind of started pushing all of those threads together.
BTW, there is nothing wrong with being Anti-O'Brien but it was taking over every thread in almost every way. Game threads, post game threads, trade threads, etc., etc.
Of course with the anti-O.B. people posting then out came the pro O.B. people (very few mind you but still).
Then we had one poster who was just starting thread after thread after thread about trades and player on other teams that we really needed to get, but all the while he was doing (you guessed it) taking shots at O'Brien.
As I said, from my perspective at least I don't speak for the admin. group on this, there is nothing wrong with having anti o.b. thoughts (God knows I've had plenty) however it was just taking over.
So while we did seem to stop, or at least slow down this problem, we have (again IMO only here) somewhat created another problem. We now have to many threads be merged even if there is something unique to say in each thread.
Somehow we need to strike a balance in this. Which franky is hard to do when you have so many posters.
At the end of the day I don't think there is ever going to be a "rule" about this. We are going to have to rely on judgement, which as you know is always up for question.
I found nothing wrong with this thread, in fact I thought that a couple of poster crossed the line in questioning why the O.P. started a new thread. He is new here and we come swooping in on him like that? I can't think that would make him or anyone else for that matter comfortable in posting in the future.
Also there is no designation as to who can post what. To the best of my knowledge there is only one official anything and that is BostonConnection does the game threads. Other than that the is no official post game thread starter, game ball starter, three player ball starter, whatever.
So to TroyMurphy3, welcome aboard. Your post was not out of line at all and I look forward to reading your thoughts on other topics as well.