On the stickies I know a bunch were cleaned out but sadly with the forums not moving threads around when there are new posts, it has made stickies more necessary for certain things.
On the mention of ART Studio, render contests can be moved there but it is optional not required. We didn’t want to force people to do so. Since the Commons still gets more visibility and participation then many of the other forums, most tend to sway towards wanting things to stay in The Commons while others have given Art Studio a shot. Commercial contests (those revolving around a product or release) can only be posted in The Commons or in the Commercial Forums.
On the Announcements being an option (I believe) when something is marked announcement it automatically switches the thread to where no one can then reply to it :( so anything we or anyone else would want replies to sadly needs to be stickied :(
Hopefully the forums aren’t too too far off now from some of the updates we want made and at that time it will eleviate this rather “sticky” wicket and resolve this issue. I do apologize for the inconvenience from now till then though. We agree this is not ideal.
Again I am very sorry and hopefully it will be a thing of the past soon.