When creating new thread...
Is the thread a suggestion? An article? A question? etc
If the tools were in place - it would allow admins to display threads according to "classification".
If it's a suggestion thread we would be able to display prefixes more prominent within the message. eg. Implemented, Under Consideration, Future, etc
we can leave out profile info, etc
If it's an article show the contents in an article format.
The same can be applied to forums - a forum classification system.
Classifying a forum would allow admins to add specific features only for that forum.
Let's say you want to classify a section as a "blog" ... features such as sidebar, Archives, Calendar, etc can be added; if it's classified as an "article" section ... show an abstract and list in blog format (thread listing page)
we can also add forum as a tab menu item
1 application instead of multiple applications that needs upgrading
the search function will be easier to manage ... no cumbersome search UI ... more user-friendly (less choices; less things to learn; etc)