Well, depending upon any comments in this thread I am keen to move to a new system. Latest stories found elsewhere and so on can be created as forum threads and discussed in the forum. I may rejig the front page a little and have the most popular forum topics more prominent but effectively this makes the current news system redundant. I've already had comments as to "what should i create as news and what as a forum topic" well from now on all user stuff can be in the forum and the news section can be official news stories by nominated users. That gives a clear distinction between the two.
I like the idea of a panel or something when you log in with the most recent threads you posted in - maybe below the current control panel on the left hand side? That way you can quickly go back to the last 10 threads you posted in and see what replies there have been (or even highlights ones with replies maybe?).
What other annoying features are there? Things you want to do but that takes 4-5 clicks to get to the right page? Shortcuts you'd like? Different ways to arrange or summarise information? Let me know and I'll see what I can do
Agreed on the stories/news sections. I never took the time to figure out the difference anyway so I see dropping the stories to the forums and just have a breaking news section to be a great idea. Also, I do like the idea of a panel with threads posted in listed. I would like them sorted so that they show which ones have replies as the primary sort and which has the newest as the secondary sort. It might make sense for a person that posts a lot to be able to expand the list to see all posts that have replies if there are more than 10.
A rep system seems to work on some boards to keep things somewhat civil. Trolls will be trolls and nothing will stop that, but average posters become better posters and good ones become great when they feel there is a reputation at stake for posting garbage. That may be a lot to code and the benefit very little, though.
I'd like to see vg chartz become more of a forum to support all platforms. Maybe it woud be worth expanding on the "descriptions" part explaining what each of the forums are for -- i.e. The sales form is for discussing local, regional, and worldwide console and handheld hardware and software sales. I know it sounds trivial, but a relatively decent title so newer folks know what they are looking for would be helpful.
Also, some stickies further describing what each form is for along with the posting rules would be nice as well.
Also, a one-click to the forums would be nice. I know you have a "community" button, then go forum, but why not just click a forum button and go straight there?
All in all, you have a great site and it is the primary place I go to read stuff that is sales-related. There is no reason why sales-related can't include upcoming games, hardware rumors, peripherals and other fringe stuff.