I currently, and have for as long as I remember, used a home page for my sites. In the vb days I always used vbAdvanced CMPS and now with XF I am using XenPorta (which I will add that I absolutely hate).
If you have a look at my home page HERE you can see what I generally have displayed. The top News Item is manually changed every day and the rest of the blocks are all automatically fed from within the site.
So I wonder what "real" value a home page like this does...perhaps it should be better or perhaps no home page is better these days and just have the forums displayed as the default so visitors can get straight into things.
We also know that Search Engines like home pages that change every now and then, not too often but not go stale as well. To have a really good home page most of the time requires a great deal of work to maintain it so then you have to ask if that work is really adding the value to your site that warrants that amount of work so the site doesn't look stale to regular visitors.
We also know that many of our regular visitors just use a bookmark straight to the forums anyway, bypassing what ever great extra content you may put on the home page...if it doesn't change every day then why not just go to the forums every day OR if it does change every day then the work load to change it every day...take a holiday for a week and WOW
Anyway, just my ramblings above but I really am curious what others feel about whether "To Home Page or NOT To Home Page?"