It could be interesting if there was a desktop widget where users could vote on new features & it sync’d with a poll/graph on the forums. If they could tie the user account/machine with their forum account so if they selected “other” they could type a new blurb (few sentences) explaining their idea for a feature request that could be viewed as a forum thread below the poll. Polls could reset (close the forum & start a new), every 30 or 60 days. If you really wanted to track back information, you could have a calendar month & year to select in the widget for finding outcomes of older polls.
This attempts to prioritize what the community is looking for in a usable day-to-day OS & provides the convenience of communication without having to log into the forum & make sure you are posting in the correct area.
It also helps users to feel like they are being heard as their is a direct line of communication to what they want, driving the priority list.