[Reposted from old comment system, from aburt on Sat, 10 Oct 2009 23:36:44 0000]
Jenny, the thing is, giving a moderator power to choose which new innovations to announce defeats the utility of being able to announce things that might be better than they sound. Likewise, having to reply to someone else defeats the purpose.
Linus Torvalds' posting announcing Linux fails the second and might fail the first test. It would be a shame if some moderator didn't feel his original post was worthy, and having to wait for someone to express a need that you're filling fails many of the examples of the birth notices for useful technologies. (See the article, I give lots of examples.)
I'm not saying forums should be unmoderated, but anything that isn't clearly off-topic should probably be allowed -- even if it's self serving, even if there's a pure profit motive behind it. The world benefits that way. Sparing people's sensitive eyes does a disservice to progress.