When I come on the community I want to see what has happened since my last visit, and the "Recent Posts" section is great for that. But when there are many updates I may be missing some threads that I follow.
So here's some ideas:
- A recent-posts section in each category of the forum
- Some kind of sorting within a category (where you can sort by last update)
- Some icon-system in front of each thread which tells you if there are new updates since yout last visit
- Optional e-mails when a update is detected in a thread you either choose to follow or have posted in
I understand you've got ALOT on your hands right now, but I still wanted to throw it out there if you some day get some time to do it.
I also want to offer my help with the site/forum if you want it, after all it's what I do all day long (programming/web developing etc)