There is a new section on the message board: Personal Diaries and Announcements
You can read the description and the rules for this section here:
Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for the new section.
Also, posts in General Chit-Chat, Links and Recipes are currently not being displayed in the Recent Topics listing. I don't know if it's permanent or not.
We'll have to see how it impacts the community overall.