I think you are the only person with a clear picture in mind of the forums structure, having created it.
I do find there are a lot of sub-forums, and people will have a harder time finding a post if it’s not on the upper levels, or in the Latest posts list on the right side of screen on entering Discourse.
I was at a friend’s place today, and showed her the Mastodon Instance, our Local posts as seen by a non-logged in user, my profile, etc.
I could not see or find the Moderation nomination thread, or my own post regarding my vision for QOTO and how users can help make a community better.
This surprised me, but as a non-logged in user, the whole Moderation forum is not shown - and these two treads have been moved there. This surprised me a bit, since you as admin had made public posts, federated all over the place, and I thought any curious person would be able to see the process.
I posted in the top level QOTO area as it was an easier to find place, and now you could consider if moving these out and out of public sight is the intention. I have no problem with the other Mod forum threads being a bit less exposed, since they would normally be in a staff forum and not visible at all in most forums I have participated in. Here, all it takes is a user to create an account, validate the email and they can read, so a low barrier in place.
The Guide for new Mastodon users, and other introductory posts, I would think best if they were at a high level on the structure, and as easy to find as possible. (i understand it’s completely focused into one of the various branches of service available here, and that’s the reason to move in a level deeper into Mastodon category).
Hope you don’t mind these comments, they are not intended as criticism, but in a positive way. Thank you!