i just registered and first off I wanna say this is a VERY cool project, and I am definately going to be following it for good now. that aside,
the site spam is really, really bad. would it be possible to use a better “captcha” applet, or just completely dissable comments on the news posts?
the way I see it:
if you lock up all the news pages, and have a catagory for it on the forums, things could work better, though you may need to switch to PHPBB or what not.
I too run a website, and have actually just dissabled user comments out right because of the massive, massive spam. it drowned out the 1 or 2 people who made legit comments. kinda regretting not putting PHPBB into my personal site, but oh well.