The thing we’re trying to get at is why are they (HP) restricted to this smaller audience base? These are completed games. They don’t necessarily need the type of feedback WiPs do but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a thread for general discussion. People use WiP threads to gush or connect or swap ideas just as often as, if not more than they do to actually give actionable critique. Other completed games have their own threads for that too. Hence posting them in HP instead of the singular workshop thread. These games are also intended to be publicly accessible.
I mean the category description
specifies discussion. But if a non forum member comes to discuss a game and are met with a “private/does not exist” page, they might sign up, but they might not. The thing they came to talk about doesn’t appear to be here and they can’t find it through searching or on the author’s profile. And if they do sign up, they’re taken to the landing page for the forum, still not the topic. They’re reasonably likely to assume the topic is, as the page told them, private or doesn’t exist. I get that is a Discourse thing, but the restriction isn’t.
Just because these aren’t intended to be commercially published through CoG, HG, or HC doesn’t mean we want to hide them.
We just want to understand why they are restricted and, if that isn’t going to be changed, figure out what we should be doing with them instead so that people can see and interact better with discussion about them and with us.