Thanks for all the feedback. With regards the homepage, my plan to start with is to keep the list of forums but make sure there's some signposting to help new visitors. In future we'll have the option to switch this out for a dedicated homepage, and then the list of forums will move to something like /forums - it won't affect the urls of the forums or threads, so we don't have to worry about the impact it'll have to our visibility in the search engines. Regarding the points system, this is enabled by Xenforo (the forum software) out of the box. It's pretty simple, you earn points (and trophies) when you hit certain milestones, outlined here: http://new.trade2win.com/help/trophies/ so things like the number of likes on posts you have are taken into account only so far as they can enable you to hit a milestone, and therefore earn those points (and the trophy). It's seem harmless enough and I like how it recognises not just post count but other factors, so for now I'll leave it included.