Re: Is this the way Forums are supposed to work?
There are some exceptions.
For instance, the buddypress.org forums front page includes groups, followed by new messages throughout all of those groups. The default forums home page simply displays new messages. The presence of groups introduces the concept to users that they must first enter a group, then enter a topic.
The buddypress.org forums front page also includes stickies. For some reason, stickies are only available to group members. This requires a subscriber to somehow know a sticky was created – and in what group – then go to that group and read the sticky. This defeats the ability to globally inform all users via forums.
These two features – including groups in the forum home page and permitting stickies to be available globally – would greatly enhance the usability of the forum concept.