All, I'm really passionate about this so please bear with me and this somewhat long post! I'm new to this forum, and just want to open up by saying I love the way it is stylized, and love the level of discourse that occurs here. That being said, I was thinking about how to take it to the next level. I'd like to humbly submit a few thoughts to you that I had about the way the main page of the forum is organized, and how reordering it may help facilitate easy access to buzzing, active discussions and help project the reality of a lively community. My thoughts on the way things are organized on a screen, in principle, have evolved over the years. I began by having a strong preference for conceptual orderings. By this I mean I preferred icons and individual visual units that represented *concepts.* But now my preference is for visual orderings that prioritize frequency of use and intensity of community activity. On my PC desktop, way back when, I had only the standard default windows icons (my computer, trash can), if any. My activities always began at the start menu, where things were organized conceptually and alphabetically. As the years went by, I noticed Windows caught on and started making the start menu content be organized by frequency of use. I initially resented this shift, as it broke up my beautiful conceptual ordering. But then I grew to appreciate it. You can even see this shift in email. Gmail was a big paradigm shift because there was no folder structure, meaning one couldn't organize email into neat little folders titled with beautifully pertinent categories! As I got into smart phones, I started (and have remained) an iPhone user. Here I have had the same evolution. I started out with treed app icons that represented concepts, within which many apps belonging to that category lived. So I had only one page of icons, and only two rows of icons. It was a beautifully conceptual ordering. As time went on, I grew tired of going through several layers to get at what I wanted, and began to instead prefer no conceptual or alphabetical ordering. Eventually I ordered my app icons by frequency of use, without any tree structures. In the internet world of forums, I have also seen an evolution. Every forum software package I've seen (including this one), orders its discussions by concepts/categories on the main page. It's like a library--as soon as I enter, I need to know where, conceptually, I want to go. Now, mind you, here there is a little box on the right that sorts discussions by most recent activity, but this is not at all prominent. What's prominent is the main column that has everything organized by concept. Now the radical departure from this internet forum paradigm has been something like you find in reddit.com, where discussions are voted on, and their sub-comment threads are also voted on. In this community, the main page is organized by the discussions that have received the most "up votes," so that instead of entering a library, it's as if you enter a community and the first thing you're hit with is the loudest sets of discussions. The conceptual ordering isn't eradicated, it is just made much less prominent. I have come to love this because I'm more interested in finding the most buzzing discussions, and less interested in finding the right book! So, what do you guys think? In my humble opinion, I want to have and project to others the experience of entering a lively, buzzing community; one that demonstrates this, upon entering it, by hitting you with the most up voted discussions. This (and most) forum currently gives more of an impression of entering a library. As such, the discussions appear to be tucked away in back rooms; if I want to get to them, I need to go to the right square on the bottom, and dig a little deeper. Ultimately, the paradigm I'm suggesting will more efficiently get a user to the most active discussions, and give the visual impression of a buzzing community. Perhaps it's just me, but currently I get more of the library impression, and this is less conducive to frequenting the forum. I don't know about you, but I don't go to a library to have lively discussions! I go there when I want to find a book. My suggestion (as seen in the image below) is to swap the conceptual ordering column with the "recent threads" block on the right. Please vote your preference!