tangor - 7:24 am on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Most SERIOUS users of this forum go directly to RECENT POSTS instead of the homepage... after all, that's the most recent traffic and in need of our commentary (should we be so inclined).
I'm not a fan of the pics, but I don't "hate" them. I'd be more inclined to being receptive it each forum had it's own "mini-logo" specific to WW that visually augments the already text based "from this forum" links. Reduces the number of images, standardizes them, and for some might make it easier to quick scan/scroll the homepage to find content appealing to their interests.
I would be intrigued in test results if pic were inserted in the Subscription Portion of Webmasterworld (I am not a subscribed member, despite my years on the forum) and how that works out.