So how can I better expose some of the content within the sub-forums? I suppose I could slap topical prefixes on them and move the content to within the main forum, but the problem there is the fluff discussion of the main forum would reduce the visibility of the topical discussions, save for when a new discussion with that prefix pops up, hopefully getting a few to use the prefixes. Not ideal, and I don't think it would be received well by the groups of people putting effort into the sub-forums. I could use sidebar widget, but that's not what I'm looking for.
Suggestion: The option for threads within a forum to be CC'd in other forums? Show the original forum name before the thread title so they know where it's coming from. Make this option available to be applied against any forum, and individual threads in case it's within a forum not set for all topics to be CC'd somewhere else.
This might seam a bit redundant to the prefix approach, but in my forums case the suggestion here would benefit us. Anyone else?