From a point of view of board admin, it now makes sense to have a sub forum on a subject that does take up a lot of space, for whatever reason. WWP make 'situation rooms' for subjects of the day but this one is not likely to go away soon. Yes perhaps it could seem like a "promotion" of some kind, I don't think so though. In fact it is often the comments that are more interesting than whatever Rathbunny says.
If people from the blog want to see what the dreadful NCG SP ESMBers really think then reading the honest comments, jokes and eye opening posts on the Marty threads is a good thing IMO, and if they are easier to find then all the better.
After reading what you, freethinker, and degraded being have to say, I think you're right.