TBH I feel I've come to this discussion late and I still regard myself as a bit of a newbie, both to the world of Phandroid and Android in general. I think we need one of the four options and that option sticking to. If it takes an open poll to run for a while to make the decision, great. In the event of a "dead poll" admin and the site owner should make a decision. In my opinion that's the only way to make it democratic and fair. Democracies need rules and leaders or they're just talking shops where nothing gets acted upon.
My preferred option would be 3 - a BS sticky thread in each devices sub forum. With a clear one post announcement in the lounge that a BS general watering hole threads are there and are just that.
Thats my input. I realise 3 could be difficult to mod, but there you go. I've had my say.
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