Longtime visitors over at ENWorld should remember it was pretty easy to drop right into the forums. Now, not so much. Morrus complained that forums are being ised less by companies to get their info out and that forum communities are moving on. That very well may be the case, but it doesn't help when the link to the forums looks like every other link on the page. Heck, the forum link isn't even in the upper left corner, thats for some Online Generic Randomizer Engine.
Think about it - you complain that forums are falling to the wayside, and you don't even highlight your own forums. Larger font, different colors, prime location - why bother, right?
If you can't get folks that land on your home page into your forums, you have no one to blame but yourself.