It’s not cheesing to me. You make a post, a moderator sees it and decides it’s good enough to go to Discussion, and moves it. The fact that it doesn’t fit into another category doesn’t mean it’s not worth being discussed, hence it being moved rather than just being removed from the forum.
I can understand how it can look like cheating, since otherwise Discussion is (for some reason) strictly run as if New Members should never own a topic.
Unfortunately it seems like dev engagement is going to follow the trend of never letting NMs into Discussion, and cease to move posts that would fit better there, in favor of telling the author “Sorry, rank up to post this idea”.
I believe Discussion should be open to the same post approval procedure at least. Even though some people like myself have grown too upset with the moderators to use post approval anymore, it would benefit a rather large portion of the forum who don’t meet the mysterious criteria to be ranked up.