OK this is probably a controversial subject and the moderators or admins might want to take it down and I'm OK with that. But incase it is considered OK to talk about here goes.
If I were an artist looking for a forum to join to talk to other artists and I clicked on ArtistForum and what I saw were articles of the most basics of art concepts I would 'X' and go looking for another forum. I don't think the articles on the front page is a good thing.
I think the older format for the first page was much better than it is now and instead of drawing in artists the current format is repelling them.