It's almost 1am and I just got around to reading Grant's post on the State of the McCovey Chronicles from March 12h, a whole 36 hours ago! I'm practically breaking here.
I would add to the list the fact that if someone hits a post 3 hours late, it's gone. There's not discussion of the topic. Without going into topic subscriptions and reply notifications, there is one simple step that the wizards over at SB Nation could take to help keep things nice and organized.
Behold, the mighty screenshot:
And the result, in context:
For people who really just want to show up and talk baseball, this makes it easy to do. For people who are tired of talking about Tim Lincecum's velocity dropping off in the third inning, they could just hide the on-topic stuff.
In fact, I'll do you one better - and suggest that in "serious" articles, the default view should be to only show on-topic stuff unless a person SPECIFICALLY selects to do otherwise (or has it set that way in their preferences).
And just like that, Mr. Clean in all his bald headed and slightly erotic glory takes over the forums.