I think that people have a tendency to be a bit elitist on these forums sometime. I know as I only just became a regular poster again here the last couple of months. But if you are a lurker and ask a question once in a while people do tend to jump down your throat. People shouldn't assume that everyone reads everything on the forums.
That being said, I'm not sure that posting in a forum thread is the way to find out a release date. That information is readily available outside of this website.