What about a Bitcoin chatroom with different subcategories for those who feel like voicing their opinions? It may help to alleviate the volume of such opinions on the forum itself.
"The Forum" is done.
People using these forums at this point are just old members for the most part until the next update in the SERPs. Bitcoin.org does not wish for it's users to voice their opinions in the same place most development takes place. Makes complete sense, separate the users from the makers so no one gets what they want.
These chat options are still linked from the official site though:
Join the project's lively IRC channels on the FreeNode network or use the FreeNode Web IRC.
#bitcoin (General Bitcoin-related)
#bitcoin-dev (Development and technical)
#bitcoin-otc-foyer (Over The Counter exchange)
#bitcoin-market (Live quotes from markets)
#bitcoin-mining (GPU mining related)
Guess not enough people used them or knew about them.
I hadn't a clue.