Comrades will hopefully have noticed that the look of the forum has changed slightly. Hopefully this will make it easier to use and read by adding some handy buttons (go to top of page for example, and go to the first unread or last post), and a quick means of checking out what's new and active.
In particular, there is a semi-solution (unfortunately a full solution will have to wait till a major upgrade so don't hold your breath) to the irritating bug concerning long threads that go over two pages. You may have noticed that if you click on a new comment link on the "Luxemburg economics" thread you get sent to the FIRST page of the thread, not the page where the actual comment is. Now, if you look at the list of threads you will see that there is a link direct to each page of the thread, which will hopefully make it easier to navigate. Not a complete solution, but better.
This also prompts a question: up to now we have been running a single forum rather than splitting it into several forums by subject (eg "Economics and history", "Organisation", etc). We took this approach because there is nothing more disheartening (on a forum) than being faced with a series of forums on subjects where nobody has posted. But given the moderately extensive use of this one, perhaps this would be the moment to split the forum up by subject. What do the regular posters (or readers) here think? And what different subjects do you think would be appropriate? Comments would be welcome.