So, you don't think that a new map pack should be announced here?
Personally, no. There are a number of user creations that I think are far more valuable than a map pack (like a lot of the stuff you, Aliasmask, and CIF do) and they don't get "Announcement" treatment.
Plus, when I subscribe to the Announcement forum and I get an email saying there is an announcement I get all excited about a new version of MT being released... or maybe some important info about the current releases... and it's disappointing when it's something like a map pack.
Feels like spam to me at that point.
Note that although this is a user creation, it's made available through the Maptool download/resource menu. And because this is an upgrade of an existing pack it's not immediately obvious for users that already downloaded this pack. Hence we decided to announce this here. (and as far as I know other resources are also announced here)
Yeah, they are. And I don't use them. And I bet a lot of users don't use them. That's not a reflection of the quality. Most are pretty exceptional. It's a reflection of the fact that I just don't tend to build my maps with tiles and believe that people who do are probably not a majority of MT users.
These things would probably get more notice if they were promoted on the release of new version of MT anyway.