We believe that articles are the most imp content on this forum, therefore we have chosen them to be on the top. We do also have a plan to add some more quality articles on regular basis in the future.
I respect the choice . . but from my personal experience, it will not really work like that . .
Just take the example of the big boys in your niche . . If I were you, I Just add a subdomain blog. technicaltalk. com and add tutorial and articles , for one good reason, SEO matters . . you can't really make your articles rank for their keywords if you make forum topics . . no one can . . or to be optimist it's too difficult . .
Adding a blog will organize the website better . . will make the promotion easier (because you can advertise the blog and the forum separately) , and traffic coming to the blog will be transfered to your forums . . it means that you make a solid background for your forums . .
Also, it will give you more possibilities in the future . .
I'll just give you the sitepoint. com example . .