Our folder organization is far from perfect, but then none can ever really be so. No matter what finite selection of topics we pick, some will fall between the cracks. It’s easy to add a new subject like Center Stage since one isn’t then obliged to consider moving in past threads.
The major problem is that the site’s search function works terribly. I’ve known that for years, and talked to people about it. But I’m not optimistic about its changing, because it is included in the Forum software package ...
Meanwhile I think that Occam’s suggestion is correct. If you’re concerned about discussing secular morality, start up a thread with that in the title. Either philosophy or humanism would be the folders I’d choose.
Doug, the search function here is much better than I have seen at many other sites.
The problem of old posts on the subject could be addressed by a ‘locked’ note about the new forum that informs people that posts on this topic prior to the forum’s initiation date can be found by using advanced search for “moral”, “Morality” or whatever else is appropriate in the post titles.
Then the biggest remaining problem might be getting moderators to commit to moderate a new forum as I assume is required for all the forums here.
There is supportive, but not conclusive, evidence that discussion of humanistic morality has suffered on this discussion board due to being scattered across several forums which results in a lack of critical density of interested readers. A site called Free Thought and Rationalism’s discussion board (whose audience I assume has a similar interest in the foundations and principles of secular morality) started in 2004 and split off a separate Moral Foundations and Principles forum from their Philosophy forum in 2007. (They did not transfer any old posts on the subject to the new forum). Correcting for the different durations the forums have been active, they have averaged more new threads in the Moral Foundations forum than in their Philosophy forum including its sub forum on free will. (But the Moral foundations forum has averaged fewer posts to these new threads. I don’t know what that indicates.)
My impression is that here on the CFI forums, total new threads on humanistic morality in all forums are a low fraction of the Philosophy new threads. I think that indicates a critical density of interested readers problem.
My interest in this site is that, based on some comments I have read so far, there are participants here who may be able to make good comments and present insightful ideas that I don’t know how to get anywhere else.