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Should we leave forums, groups, videos and photos on the main page?

Right now, forums, groups, videos and photos have been added as content on the main page. Each of these is also available as a tab at the top of the page. My question for the group is should we leave these on the main page? On one hand, it does bring greater visibility. The flip side is that people might not be aware that there is additional content for each of these items. There is also the issue of screen real estate. Soon, I'm looking to add a couple of additional external RSS feeds and screen real estate may become an issue.

Please let me know your thoughts.


P.S. - Currently the forum posts that get displayed on the main page are from the latest replies. We have the option to display the newest discussions, most replies, featured discussions, and a couple of other options.

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One other thing I'd like to add is that discussions from groups are not considered part of the forum. They are not visible on the main page and only show up in the latest activity feed when someone adds a comment. This can be confusing. We are looking to create an aggregated RSS feeds that does include all the activity.

In lieu of formal usability testing, I'm looking for feedback on how people use this site.
I'll be honest I get the RSS feed of... it's this one...
http://cuwebd.ning.com/activity/log/list?fmt=rss

From it I kind of keep up with what's going and if it's a thread I care about or not. So I don't really look at the homepage. Now splitting that feed out into multiple activities would be nice and keep it less cluttered.
Can you move the groups down and the blogs up? I don't really want to look at the list of groups, unless it's a list of recent activity in the groups. But blogs I'm interested in.

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