Well, I have no idea how this would effect the server (not a computer guy) so sorry if this will potentially cause lag or if it's already been recommended.
Well, now we have threads that self-update (which I love so much), would it be possible for sub-forums (such as the RP) to update themselves. I ask this because I myself dislike having to refresh the page every 3 minutes to see if someone has responded to my post in a role-play. It would be much more convenient if you could make this wish a reality. My other question was if you could make the "New Posts" automatically update? It would have the same effect as the suggestion above but for users that like to browse multiple sub-forums.