Awesome! I think that un-accepted places are really my biggest pet peeve.
You have to email the places people and hope that they are not busy and then it might get done manually, but it really is far from ideal and frustrating when you have a backlog of unpublished stuff that feels like its unpublished because it sank down the list too fast. I would really urge you guys to change the system to make edited entries jump back up to the top of the list. (I’m quite sure that this is not the case, as my entries never got published on their own after an edit.) I have no idea how the backend works, but I imagine a Facebook like wall sorted by submission date. But this has nothing to do with the forums, so I’ll stop digressing.
I like the suggested posts box on the bottom and it is easy to make topics about places. (but not unpublished ones, so maybe also add that?) And a cool way to integrate the forums would be to make the replies appear under the article as a sort of comment section. I did this many years back on my now dead science site. e.g. What causes double rainbows? It basically just grabs info from the phpbb forums and throws it out as a simple reply. It will probably entice more people to sign up and post under the cool places that they visited. The forum has a lot of potential and I think its great that you open up for discussion between submitters.
EDIT: just noticed the main forum page change! I love it! Its much much much more easy to navigate.