I have been thinking if simplifying the forum structure (i.e. all the categories) for a pretty long while. I think one thing we could potentially try out it is the traditional forum style where the board index is simply a list of all recent topics, rather than a list of categories like we've got now. That just makes it super simple to see all the recent activity on the forums - the only thing that really matters on the forums is the recent posts. Topics die like they're meant to after a few days.
What do you guys think?