About the fixed vs liquid layouts, yes, I agree that a liquid layout would work better on this type of a site, as many times it appears as though the tabular data is "crammed in". I think you know what I mean.
The problem is, the designer I originally hired (who screwed me over) ported a piece of HTML I had written that was for a site with a fixed layout where a fixed layout is the right way to go. So its a fixed layout not by design but because of really not thinking ahead.
I'd really like to upgrade the layout, but I'm a bit burnt out atm. I've spent about 200+ hours of work to upgrade this site in the last 2 months. So I'm probably gonna take a month or so off from programming new stuff. That, and the liquid layout could really wait.
EDIT: oh yeah, if anyone wants to help me, wink wink, I won't stop you from coding the liquid layout and I'll integrate it into the site templates. It has to be no-tables though.
EDIT #2: And the forums layout is liquid. It looks very much wide enough in my 1920x1200 resolution and I wouldn't want it any wider, as it would make lines too long to read. The website's liquid layout would have to be the same, I'd think.