As the subject asks, why is the General Archive locked from view? If the threads are locked, and the edit buttons removed/ disabled, couldn't that allow players to see these old threads without changing them?
I recently got involved in writing for the Holocron- that SIM news item got me motivated- and would enjoy being able to get more from my forum searches. The archived threads really limit the amount of reasearch that can be done (especially when it comes to characters that haven't posted in years).
That's actually not a forum function. Someone had to code it manually here but it's not something that can easily be done for any forums. It's fully closed right now and is just used as a dump for old threads from the entire message centre, including the access restricted forums, so I don't think that will happen.