QMT Quota Mangement Threshold
As per your last part ( some of the moderators develop their people skills a bit. You folks are expected to be the adult supervision around here )
They should reread some FAQ's again.
1. Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are a simple one-way communication with the users and you can't reply. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum.
Announcement threads are displayed at the top of forum listing pages, above regular and sticky threads.
2. Sticky' threads are created by moderators or administrators (?), and remain 'stuck' to the top of the listing, even if they haven't had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times.