Anyone noticed that the recommended posts list is little more than a list of the longest recent posts in the debates forum? Today there are only two non-debates posts on the first page, one of which was a single word with no context (well chosen the two of you that recommended that one...)
So how about removing 'recommended posts' from the forum list but retaining the recommended button on the toolbar within each forum: the recommendations could then be made forum specific.
After all, the whole point of the debates forum was to allivate the diatribe from the general forum. If something isn't done, then the entire recommendation idea is subverted to no more than gang warfare within the (typically religeous) debates and of no interest to anyone not wishing to take part in what is often little more than objectionable and unpleasant ranting.