Originally Posted by edzieba
I'd prefer having all the BD threads in a BD section (as it is now), rather than having to hunt through two different sections with them mixed in with DVD releases to find them.
That's the thing though, nearly all JP releases are already
available as both DVD and BD. What importers have indicated in the past that they're looking for is "I want the Idolmaster solicitation thread" or "I want to see info on upcoming JP releases for import" not "I just want to see BD releases... without specifying which market I'm even buying from." For importers, separating Japanese releases out into a separate forum from the Japanese releases forum is... honestly really bizarre. It creates silly situations where a DVD-only release like Gintama would have to go in one forum while a DVD+BD release like, well, pretty much everything else goes in a different forum. It also means people who import have to waste time looking through an increasing mass of [US] posts to get to the releases they care about.
The division is much more useful if it's based on which market
is being served, rather than which color of laser reads the plastic. This wouldn't affect western BD releases, it's specifically meant to address what's been a long-term frustration for the importer community.
I guess look at it this way: we already have some division by market, that's why we don't put Japanese DVD releases in the R1 DVD forum. That's also why we don't use the same thread to talk about a release after it's been licensed - we know they're fundamentally different markets. BD has replaced DVD as the standard for anime in Japan, to the point where specially isolating it in a different forum is a pretty big hassle. Anyway this was the direction things were moving even before the forum split, it just wasn't implemented until afterward which left nobody to fix it here.