I think it would be great to "subscribe" to people in the community, so you get updates when they either post or comment (optional) in the forums. That would open to a healthier forum where people who enjoy your posts and discussions, can interact more frequently and keep the threads more healthy.
It would also make it easier for people to ignore the parts of the community that don't share the same approach to the forum.
For instance: you and I have interacted a few times over the past couple of days. All of it quite low key but still good talks. Wouldn't you think it would be good if you saw what threads I posted in or whenever I posted a new thread?