Just to add some hopefully helpful feedback...... While I can see the concept behind listing the most recent topics on the home page, it would be helpful if the listing showed the board from which it comes. I just clicked through to a post about places to eat lunch in Orange County [http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...], thinking it might be OC, CA and it was OC, Texas. Just an annoyance but maybe something to maybe add to the 'to do' list.
I would also add myself to the list of people who really miss HotPosts. The overall site is really terrific now, no question, but HotPosts was a convenience I'd like to see return.