I have made some changes to improve the Discussion Forums. The forums were launched last month with read only access to guests and posting privileges restricted to registered members. In an effort to expand the reach of the forums, guests are now permitted to create topics and respond to posts. Guest posts will be moderated so users are still encouraged to register in order to gain full rights to post without moderation.
I am leaving the post comment feature on for the time being although I have found comments to be magnets for spam which has become a headache to manage. Most of this spam appears to be coming from automated sources and the discussion forums verification check would prevent such incidents. I am leaning toward disabling the comment feature within the next week to encourage forum use instead. Please give the forums a try and let me know what you think.