There were a few deciding factors in this case:
As I understand things, the home page of each marketplace will receive another slight update in early 2010!
- Stats showed that only an extremely small percentage of people were actually accessing the forums through those links.
- They cluttered the home page, and added extra page bloat.
It’s not only about accessing the Forum from homepage. I used this feature for scanning latest forum threads in a second! If I saw something interesting I would click and read more, else I left the site.