Even if we do away with the front page (so the forum is the front page, which I think is what Randy is getting at)
Yeah, that's spot on. I think the main url should point directly to the forum, not to a page before the forum. The front page is a hangover from previous attempts to expand the board's remit.
It's a shame that you don't feel like posting, bowser, because I don't think you're really in all that much of a different position than most other people here. Because the board's active membership is so small (and has been for two or three years, really), there are often times when none of us are playing the same games as each other. For instance, I'm almost exclusively about PC indie games now and Steam tells me that nobody else I know is playing - or, frequently, ever has played - the ones I'm spending time with. And, to an extent, it's been the same with console game discussions for a significant period of time.
I think one of the things that makes this a potentially strong board and makes its discussions feel meatier and better informed than on a lot of other boards is that we have such a breadth of experience across such a small number of dedicated members. You're the Nintendo guy. We all know that, I'm sure, and speaking personally I kind of rely on it, too - in the past, I've only heard about releases on Nintendo consoles because you've mentioned them.
Wrt archiving, would it be easier if we transfered everything across, then went through and moved threads that are to be archived into a dedicated area in a similar way to how a mod/staff member can move threads between areas now? Would that mean there are fewer technical hurdles to overcome, or does it make no difference?
Changing my mind about archiving Impressions threads. The weight of opinion seems to be for keeping the existing threads accessible and active, and I'm happy to go along with that.