Gotta agree. I'd say figuring out this front-page publishing thing has to be top priority right now.
Like with the 64-bit post. I typed up a comment saying, "hey, this is a great forums post; it should be re-purposed into an article" ... but, apparently, it is an article?
Another example: I can't comment on the Race for the Galaxy post. It doesn't show up in the forums, and there's no "reply" button on the post itself. And, as everyone knows, I have fascinating thing to say, so this is a big loss for the community.