For better or worse, the Discussion board is the public face of MFO to many readers.
Currently it is a dunghill consisting of:
--Uncurated links with no discussion by the person posting the link
--Complaints about M*
Moderation early in the game might have preserved a fund focus. As it is, the culture is set.
The value of the site overall is muddied by what goes on in the discussions. I would not be surprised to learn that is suppressing the donative instinct.