That being said, the forum categories are pretty broad. Is there any thought being given to breaking them down any further? It doesn't need to be set in stone but it would make it a lot easier to follow along with if threads were grouped by topic.
I agree. There could perhaps be some kind of separation of the important categories that the various threads fall under?
Another suggestion would be to have some kind of message system (a la Slashdot) so that users can know when someone has replied to their posts.
(I'm aware of RSS feed, but do remember that I would access the site from a place where I may have nothing more than webaccess).
You could perhaps even have private reply-to - where only the person the reply is directed towards can read whats posted.