Currently, when you view the main page of a community with a large screen (22" here) :
- 50% of the screen width is blank, due to centering the central content column
- In the used 50%, 50% is used to either provide some hints about the latest content or to describe the community
- At last, the remaining 50% of the 50% is used for the actual content posted in this category.
The height is no better as the latest news banner takes a lot of space and with only one line of text shown. I've attached a screenshot to give you an idea of the "actual content / space used" ratio.
The blue part of the screenshot is the actual content of the forum. The red part is metadata and decorations.
I understand that knowing what each community is about and who manages it is important. However, this kind of information is not going to change everyday, so putting it in an "About" section would help the newcomers understand "what is this about ?" while providing more space to the actual content. The "latest blogs" and content should actually show up on the screen, instead of being listed as "things that are categorized there".
- taking all the width possible;
- having a lateral menu/drawer on the left containing the website navigation menu;
- expanding the content tabs on the top and add an "About" tab that provides informations about the current community;
- displaying each content using a flexible box layout (like a Google+ feed page, for example);
- pinning the latest news at the top, then following it by the currently unanswered questions and latest contents, then the rest (answered questions, previous hot topics, ...);
would clearly make the website feel more dynamic, open and modern.
Currently, the fact that you can barely see more than 2 actual threads at once when entering a community, gives a kind-of low-traffic / abandoned web forum. Hiding 2 weeks old content is not helping.