Well I would prefer a better layout of the website it's kinda secretive . It's better for a forum to offer more access to sections and users want a firm and accessible information. Like for example the top banner/quick access bar font is to big it's sucking up a lot of the website space. I could think of some things I would change but of course you should have someone who can test that out and talk to few users how would they like it . Basically create some kind of beta site to test this out . ADD: I think you should add something that would make users want to stay, not force them to fill 20posts for basic and so on . Restrictions are good but people always want to feel rewarded.