I disagree. Basenotes is not meant to be a feedback and review system for retailers. I agree that with the volume of topics of this nature they should have a dedicated location but another full blown forum on the main page legitimizes online reviews a primary function of the community. This undermines the purpose of the community and would be somewhat ambiguous with the existing City Shopping Guides. I stand by my other thread on this topic suggesting we rename the "City Shopping Guides" to "Shopping Guides" and define that forum as the defacto location for all these retailer threads. I really liked your idea of sorting the threads by name like the Single Note forum so certain stores can be found quickly. I'll be more than happy to volunteer my time to populate this new forum with as many retailers as possible like Asha did fantastically with the Single Notes. Maybe I can even add a poll to each with 5 options for a feedback score, like 5 stars is best and 1 star is worst.
Perhaps a good compromise is to add a new subforum within Shopping Guides called "Internet Retailers" and have it appear at the top of the subforum list? The forum software has the ability to specify the order of subforums. By putting this subforum at the top it will have the prominence you are looking for while keeping it off the main page.