I think Yop asked about this not too long ago. We're just making sure the forums are ready with discussions already taking place before we decide to make it public. From the looks of it, we're close, if not already set to make it public.
We still have to create the layout. I believe Yop will be working on that when he can be arsed.
Compilation General, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Final Fantasy sections need more activity. But, it's not that big of a problem since the boards are still fairly new.
Clearly, the forum still needs some work, but it's ready to go public, imho.
i.e. never, it's far too complex and shite imho, . It'd be neat if we could get a designer that cba, but until then, I won't be able to make something that looks neat. In the thread on the subject, I did indicate that there are minor things that can be done - mainly removing unused / cluttered elements, make minor changes in colors and whatnot, and change the width of the forums in general. Lemme know which ones you'd like to see done, and I'll let you know wicba.
This isn't a hugely urgent issue or anything. But now that the main page links to the forums it might be a good idea to provide a link back to the main page from the forums. Especially if we want to promote the "it's about the site, not the forums" mentality.