I think that you should start a forum section for general chit-chat like 'community-cafe' or the like. Additionally, since it is just getting started, it may be a good idea to have another section for brief introductions like some forums do (and possibly to prompt users to post there before posting anywhere else on the forum). That's just a couple of my ideas so far.
Oh, and how nice it is to receive even an automated message welcoming one to the forums. I like receiving a message when I join a forum even one that is automated, providing a brief introduction to the forums.