I like this very much, Matt--the "GO THERE NOW" button is very likely to get visitors started without having to make too many decisions. I have a feeling that many enter www.foetry.com
for a whiff of sulphur, and finding themselves face to face with Bugzita and "Touch Me" is going to be little short of ambrosial! Down one and they're going to click into Adam's cogent argument on References, an enitirely different sort of voice, and a sane one too, and then one more click and there into the OUTRAGE they probably came looking for in the first place! So all that's not only great but honest--in other words, they get the whole picture in just 3 clicks!
Three additional suggetions:
1.) Remove the Link from the titles, "Judging Poetry and Integrity" and "The End of Biblical and Greek References?" and leave just the "GO THERE NOWS" as hot-links. I myself found it confusing to have two different ways of entering the first time I went in.
2. Place "Suggestions: Reduce the Number of Forums" at the end of the Hot Spot box, not at the beginning of it.
3. Add "Foet of the Year" to the hot-spot items--place it just before "Suggestions"--and if possible set it up as both a poll and a discussion thread. I'm sure it will generate a lot of interest if it's easily available.
Also if possible let anyone vote, not just members--or have one poll for members and another for visitors (wow!).
Finally, somehow leave space for people to comment either on their own votes or on the overall tallies.
Thanks so much for all your time and care, Matt,