What would people think if the code-snapshot discussion bit was made into a wiki article, once the thread "dies"?
The reason I mention it is that reading an entire thread forum that's disjointed and stilted (and often derailed several times) is a bit of pain, when all you're looking at is a reference.
Ideally, in my opinion, a thread would be posted, a discussion would be started, once the thread reaches fruition (read: death), the original poster (or the person who's been most active in the discussion if the OP doesn't want to) takes all the arguments/criticisms/interesting points from the thread and forms a Wiki article. The Wiki article would then link back to the thread in question, in case people want to see the "raw" form, or put questions.
That way you can get a concise way of reading things (the Wiki), and a raw way where you can post questions (the thread)?
Perhaps this might be a bit much to ask, but if others think it's a good idea, perhaps we could exert positive "peer-pressure" to posters of good code snippets to publish things on the Wiki. Heck, maybe even a reward system? (I dunno: does VBulletin offer anything? Or if the DevMaster guys have swag, who knows. ).
Just a thought!