This skin is a complete custom design which took months of hard work. Is the site welcoming enough? Would anything make you think twice before signing up? Are we missing anything which people would find a must? I would love to here your feedback.
I'm liking the header (logo) especially the login tab, very unique and imaginative I have to say. However, the greys used for #content .pageContent I feel makes the colour theme look bland against the other colours. Also, the forum status icons I feel after looking at the creative header could have been a little more creative than an e-mail icon. In short, I feel using some other colours and swaying from the greys and adding some little creative touches and you'll have one hell of a style on your hands.
Overall Very nice work but with a few minor creative touches will, could be an outstanding style.
I think the standard forum icon structure new and old posts can work sufficiently well and still add the colour you need that individual status icons can do it's a matter of how creative you want to be as well as using the appropriate design and good colour usage to compliment the style. Personally I would persevere with the standard icon structure first than the individual icons for each forum. If that fails it certainly won't hurt trying the alternative.
Another suggestion to add some colour is possibly go for a nice icon image to replace the prefix "latest" that resides in the last post area. I seen this on another style (and it was something I was going to do months ago) but never got around to doing it. This adds imo a nice visual and at the same time saves a little space to. But honestly, the changes you need to make I feel are just minor, small changes which I think will transform the style.
Before I forget, your rank icon, I noticed your using an animated icons with a blinking underscore. I'd probably go for something static as this can be viewed often being in the postbit and could annoy people and create an unnecessary focus point with it blinking. Your content should be the focus point imo but again you've done a good job.
PS I had this post pasted in clipboard due to the server migration so it may be old since you changed your icons, They are better, more colurful but I would serch for something more subtle but that is just my preference.