This has been suggested before, but...
A lot of times people may have trouble finding updates and announcements. Sometimes the information is posted in a new thread started by Jim, other times it's posted in another thread by another user, somewhere in the middle.
For example, we have two threads regarding the current delivery status. One posted by Jim, the other NOT posted by Jim asking for an update. Although the one started by Jim is more active and would appear more official, Jim's most recent update was posted in the middle of the OTHER thread, where some members wouldn't perhaps see it.
I'm a member of the Pixelcorps, and in the forums we have one forum dedicated to PXC announcements. That forum can only be posted to by PXC staff, and is archival (no replies allowed).
Now, I'm all for the way Jim and Graeme and everyone else at RED are an active part of this community who take part in all of the conversations. I'm not saying they should sequester themselves in some Ivory Tower (or rather Ruby?) and communicate only through one-way announcement threads. But I think maybe it WOULD be a good idea to have one forum that could be checked for the latest information when they have an update on shipping, firmware, REDCINE's release, etc. Whereas posts like Jim's brief op-ed regarding sharpening would still be posted in this thread, since that's more about discussion than announcement.
Since we're all about workflows here ( ): Log in, look in Announcements. New post from Jim? Great, there's new and exciting information. No new posts? No one has to worry that they're missing any of the latest information. Then everyone who wants the must updated information knows where to go, and we don't end up cluttering up threads and boards with questions or concerns that, in all likelihood, have already been answered, just not in an obvious place. We can just focus on enjoying the community.