Member Rara Avis
Mature language/subject matter posts are moved to the Mature section, rants in Announcements are moved to the Alley, religious comments/questions are moved to Philosophy.
The first two are true, Raph, and are designed to give people a choice. The third shouldn't be true, and I'm sure we could both find threads spread throughout the forums that rest on a foundation of faith (or, at least, on one of hope). Even were it true, however, the analogy would fall apart, because we don't have a forum call Open Discussion.
Holiday Cheer, at one time, had a special purpose.
Back in 1999, Members with a fair number of posts under their belt (and I don't even remember what that number was) would find an icon associated with their poetry that no longer exists today. Clicking that icon would take the poem they just posted in a forum and automatically submit it to the main site, with, indeed, a slight boost in priority. Back then, I was spending countless hours editing submissions to the main site and the logic was that our "trusted" Members in the forums would be submitting poetry that actually (gasp) had already been run through a spell check. It wasn't a bad system at all, and our new forum software, when it's finally finished, will resurrect that little Submission icon.
At any rate, Holiday Cheer operated under more relaxed rules.
I wanted more poetry for the Special Occasions and Holidays section on the main site, so the new forum allowed any Member, regardless of number of previous posts, to submit directly to the main site. It was supposed to be a fast-track to help fill a need. It was shortly after that, however, that the whole system broke down and I felt it necessary to close submissions to the main site entirely. Of course, that's an entirely different (and much, much longer) story.
So, the long and short of it, Raph, is that you're right: Holiday Cheer no longer serves the purpose for which it was created. It continues to exist as much from inertia as anything else. I would certainly never throw away good poetry (and, so far, never have), but moving poetry from 1999 upwards into current forums presents something of an awkward anomaly. I haven't worried too much about it because I know the new software has been designed with these kinds of problems in mind, and what is awkward today will mesh quite nicely in the new system.
Which, I suppose, is just a very long-winded way of saying, "Soon."