While browsing another website using the same forum application as ours, I noticed that it was using the “Categories” page as a landing page, instead of the “Latest”, as ours is configured now.
Though I am used to the “Latest” view and find it really helpful for regular members, it could look a bit intimidating as there is no apparent hierarchy to the topics. I find the other one more appealing for people stumbling for the first time here:
There is a list of the categories on the left which is ranked by the number of topics per week. The topic descriptions are really good for understanding how the project is organized. And on the right there is a short list of latest topics being discussed.
What would you think about changing the landing page to this one ? Of course regular users would be able to update their bookmark to the “Latest” page to keep the display as now.