There is a clear link from peercoin.net to this forum. However, there is no obvious link from this Forum back to the website
There is, at the top of the Forum, a Peercoin PPC/Primecoin XPM logo - but this links straight back to the Forum, which is self-defeating. If possible, it would be much better to use this logo to link to the peercoin.net website. This is important to unify the two sites and show one “identity”
This will also help people who have found the Forum by using web search engines, but who might have missed peercoin.net. Also, there are other “peercoin” sites out there which do not appear to be the “official” version. That is not to say they are not good, independent sites, but the Forum needs to identify the right one
I agree with the need to have better integration with peercoin.net. But I like the current link under the logo as it would bring me back to the homepage (with chat, and ticker).
Your proposal to have the first forum topic as a link to peercoin.net would help.
But maybe a better place is in the menu, news section or the ticker. Ideally it would be a bit more visible (e.g. large front/ logo)
Just ideas as I don’t know much about forum boards and simple ways of adding stuff.