John I second the motion, how about a STANDING OVATION for the DavidCo folks for what they've done with the new chatboard!!
Dave, regarding getting a direct link from the homepage - here's another way around the problem. Make a bookmark (add to 'favorites') to this URL:
Once you're on that URL it's just one mouse-click to the discussion forum. That way, you skip the flashing Java/dancing lights show on the new homepage too