Re: Merging threads
I'm a fan of distinct threads for distinct information, on the grounds that I, too, do not like missing out on a nugget of goodness in the middle of a 7 page monstrosity.
I also can't remember a single time I've seen a merged thread on RedsZone that wasn't entirely justified. There are fewer worthwhile new opinions out there than people think.
Advantage: RedsZone moderators.