Could always create a shortcut to the forum of choice.
Hi Lyle , I have never thought about that and looking in my personal controls , I did not see it as an obvious option. But of course that is only a quick look. However I am not after a preferred sub-forum to greet me. I quite like knowing about other stuff too. It just seems that there is an over representation of technical entries.
A layout similar to (dare I say it) to Gimptalk with a small side panel to show abbreviated new entries, to me is a more user friendly layout.
I am concerned that we are turning away prospective new people because the simple help questions are "buried" in the clutter of technical issues and are dropped off the main portal too quickly and new people may feel overawed at the technical content and feel that the forum is not catering to simple questions. I know we answer all the "newbies" but this is not obvious to a newcomer as most likely the simple questions have been dropped off the main portal.
A simple 3 or 4 main categories portal, as seen in some other forums, would be a simple way to make the forum more user friendly to new prospects.
At least that is my opinion