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I just had a thought. Have you considered adding a polling feature on the website? I think that would be helpful when you want to know at a glance (as well as short and to the point) what the general opinion/wants might be of your community as a whole.
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The features builtin are vast, it remembers what you've read so it can mark unread vs read topics different & there's a button by each topic that takes you directly to the 1st new message since you last read it, & theirs a page that shows every topic with new messages since your last visit... There's private messaging, polls, user profiles where users can set where they're from & email/web/IM/FB addresses that only other members can see, profiles also gives you a 'view all posts by this user' link. Etc-etc.
You could setup a team of volunteers to help admin/moderate the new board, maybe relieve some workload off yourself. All my favorite boards are run this way. I'd volunteer.