Yes, I know that there are plans to improve the forum, but among my top requests (and not necessarily in the following order) are:
:: An 'Edit' feature (for all those typos I find after I post)
:: A longer limit than 1000 characters (really)
:: A way to insert a long hideous URL inside a short sweet phrase
:: Timestamps (you could follow the getsatisfaction.com model, displaying short friendly estimates but using tooltips to display the actual date and time)
:: A way to link to specific entries on the site, be it comments in a thread on the forum or comments on a synth, etc.
I consider these to be absolutely essential. As others have suggested here: ( http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=01b6f15f-42eb-49cb-a221-ed56615e1c47&dis=3a609d46-3b0b-40fd-bbba-6c02d4769b2b ) forum search would be very welcome as well, but I can use web search to find things while we wait for that feature to be implemented. The above features have no substitute.