Great post I have to say, ENOUGH with the General Discussion forums! I keep seeing new General Discussion forums popping up, and I mean, how many do you need? And plus, there's no real reason as to why anybody should join it, unless it's already active.
Also, I see people launching forums with default skins, no logo, sometimes they don't even have their forums set up... If you can't find/make a custom skin, find a free pre-made. If you don't know how to make a logo, at least make some fancy-text thing in PhotoShop or Paint.Net or GIMP or whatever.
Make sure to finalize your board before releasing it. I know that you are excited and everything, but if you release it too early, your online community will fail before you even officially finish it. [/rant]