I would be really cool if there was instant messaging. Would give the forum a considerably more interactive feel. Even the ability to give someone also online a "nudge" to look at your thread would be good. However, I suspect that certain posters might get more nudges than they would like.
I think the number of viewings on a thread should be made to work. Some posters get frustrated cos they don't get any replies. With the number of viewings recorded a least they'd know that people had been looking.
And yes, the formatting is woeful. I have to place in my own html to format the text and do not have access to things like picture uploading, links, etc.
The email alerting doesn't appear to work either (for me at least)
How about allowing posters to upload video, a la uTube? Would need a lot of server space.
More sophisticated searching
How about allowing the posters the opportunity to rate items which have been rated by the mag? So each item would have a WHFSV rating and user rating. You could also allow users to vote for which items they thought were best within a category eg In-wall speakers (lol). Many sites do this sort of thing (I would post some but am not sure it is allowed).