I've looked at the front page, and noticed we are very quickly getting to an over-burdened 'portal' style, like Yahoo ect..
I feel that currently there is simply too much information on the front page. Anyone coming for the first time would simply be lost, and just because we have info, must we display it - critically I'm sugesting the following for discussion:
Remove the current forum topics. This doesn't convey much of the forum, and is unlikely to solve someone's problem immediately. Most people don't need encouraged to explore forums, and its well linked, so newbies will find it.
Remove the article categories, that's the purpose of the article page. The two big article columns at the top are brilliaint and eye catching, and will easily draw the reader into the articles page for more info, or to read those seen.
Join up the hosted sites, outside sites, link to us and sponsers (cool!) into one banner section with a few headers, in a smart way to remove that fragmentation
Move the stats box into the forums, as its not really much use or interest other than a gimic.
I know this'll thin out the front page a bit, but explorability and simplicity (less options is more) really matters
Anyway, tell me why my requests are stupid and I should eat my cat