I have updated the color theme and all the layout images for the forum, and I must say, wow, it looks so much better with the site integration now.
I have decided to give Updates their own forum, with threads for each Update.
The forum search option has been removed from the Search Page in lieu of linking to the actual forum search.
The Contact Page has had textual changes including warning the user to include their email, and suggesting to use the forum.
The Forum index on the Site Map has been moved from "Unfinished Sections" to "Other Pages". Yay!