The Forum Topics list on the home page acts as a quick headline listing of new posts. This is great help in keeping up with what is being posted.
However, I believe the list of Forum Topics should be expanded into two groups—one for the various Challenge Topics and a separate one for recent posts regarding the balance of the Forum's subjects.
The amount of interest there is in Challenge topics should justify there being a separate Challenge listing.
The balance of the Forum covers everything from critiques to questions from beginners. There are times when Challenge postings dominate the current topic listing. At such times, postings on more general subjects do not last long on the home page before they are passed on to the general index.
I understand what you are saying completely. I'll see what I can arrange. Thanks for the suggestion!--Courtney
Hope you do not mind me saying: I found that the forum button drop screen does not show certain topics. It is disheartening to not see landscapes, mixed media, and others. It gave me the impression that this forum was limited to certain artists. It almost made me look elsewhere for a more fulfilling forum. Alternatively, the mouse-over drop screen could be left out altogether, and just have visitors clicking the forum button to see what is available.