I too like Christopher's suggestions, and we will make sure to get them into an upcoming revision. As some of you will recall, I posted a list of changes that we were working on for the updates that were published last week, and the 'date sort' idea is already included. Unfortunately, we were not able to complete all of them for this release, but they will be addressed. I also want to spend some time improving the speed of MaplePrimes.
The suggestion of a "Getting Started" category is an interesting one. My only concern is that it would conflict with the "Maple Tips & Techniques" category, as I can see a great deal of overlap between them. What are your thoughts? Is this something that could instead be handled with a new tag (e.g., GettingStarted)?
Regarding the MaplePrimes news section, I think the idea in principle is a cool one, but in practice it would not contain anything more than what we already post to MaplePrimes about our plans and updates. I do try to keep everyone informed about what we're working on, but not to the extent of keeping a detailed project schedule posted. Competing priorities mean that timelines & deliverables frequently get shuffled around, so it would be difficult to consistently provide accurate times & deliverables. Perhaps changing the name of the "MaplePrimes Suggestions" forum to something like "MaplePrimes News & Suggestions" would be a good start, and I would use that for all of my posts about the site. Another possibility is to create a tag (e.g., MaplePrimesNews) that could be used to help keep things organized.
Finally, I want to address the idea of "awarding" a reputation point for posting a question or answer. I am philosophically against this idea. The idea behind reputation is to assign points for quality, which is determined by other members of the community via the up-vote button. I don't like the idea that someone could game their reputation simply by posting a raft of low-quality material. Badges, on the other hand, are acknowledgements of YOUR activities on MaplePrimes. If you post a whole lot of content, for example, you will receive the Prolific Poster badge.
Looking forward to your thoughts...