I like the idea of moving the Real World location.

One of things that's impacting your experience generally (IMO) is that we may need to do some more consolidation of forums, so the index page isn't so scrolly in the first place. Not alot; it's just there are some forums that don't get a lot of traffic (maybe no more than 10 posts per year) and yet they are taking up valuable real estate on the index page. You don't like to move anything off the index page but sometimes you have to, so it makes the board a little easier for everybody to use. Making judgments about this stuff is a balancing act for Mary; hard because everybody has a slightly different idea about what deserves priority.

vBulletin, someday, is going to make it so that users can set their own forum index page order. It wouldn't be that hard for them to do.