I do like the idea behind this so don't let it die, but I honestly can't even think about it right now. What exactly is the proposal?
Have a setting in user profile asking who their carrier is, and make that mandatory? Little hard core right there, I'm not sure I like that.
But, optional I guess might help still.
I'm also not sure I like making it mandatory to pick a carrier when making a thread. Optional, again, isn't so bad, but .. anway. I do hear ya and the frustrations, believe me I hear the frustrations. But I'm not sure I'm down with making anything mandatory.
Every forum should have a Phases.