What is the difference between a closed thread and a banished thread? Does it depend on a mod's mood? Does one have more honor/shame than another? Are banished threads extreme bad examples to all, like a head on a stake?
I like it the way you have it (that is, with the link from the homepage excluding the new forum). It's easy enough to just enter the new forum from the main page if you want to see if there's anything new in it.