This has beeen mentioned and is on yout list of fixes hopefully, but I think it is critical to get rid of the general chat "pollution" on the main page.
The reason I say this is that, under the new format, less new posts are visible anyway.
As Nioka ( I think) campaigned, this is a stock forum, and many want to quickly check NEW STOCK chat.
I do personally "contribute" to general chat, but its a distraction really.
Thanks for all your work Joe, I enjoy this forum greatly.
Seasons greetings to all contributors