Yes, the Windows 8 forum has been split off due the large amount of Windows 8 topics and since there is a decent amount viewing it I think that justifies the decision.
As you might have seen with the hardware forums, it takes time before they become active. I'm not really happy yet as how active they are so adding a forum on a topic of which we don't see a lot of topics yet is probably not contributing to the forum.
The reason for this is that when people come to our board and see that in a lot of forums there haven't been posts in the last few hours / minutes, they will consider our forum not active and they are not expecting a (quick) response. People generally like to see fast replies.
The new hardware forums have been added to underline the new way we want to go, our main focus is on computers (hardware/software), instead of the consumer electronics path that has been taken by the former management and which has not been beneficial to the board ( including other decisions) Of course we'll continue to have room to discuss CE related subjects here too, but the main focus will be on computers.
So, I still like the idea, but I think with the current activity it will make that we'll end up with another hardly active forum and as explained above that will not contribute to the forum.
It might seem more logical that adding a new forum will generate more activity, unfortunately the past and recent events have learned us that it isn't the case.
All I can say, promote the board, get your friends here and make them post, the sooner we have more activity the sooner we can add new forums.
I hope I explained it a bit Mike, I take every suggestion very serious and I would have told you before if I didn't think it would be feasible or if I'm not willing to do it.
There are many more things I'd like to change e.g. also a suggestion from Zebadee on the forum top navigation, but I'm currently trying to focus on the things that I think take the least time and have most impact and work through that list accordingly.
Nevertheless, I hope you will all stay and we can welcome a lot new great members that start to contribute to the great atmosphere we have and always have had and it's incredible great to see that there is still a group of people here I remember from before I left