Actually, the request I received was to create an introduction/rules section so that when new people come to the site this is the first thing they see. They certainly won't see it as well on the bottom of the page. If you look at other forums they generally have the introduction and/or forum rules at the top. Recently a couple regulars asked me to post the ProBoard rules which lead me to believe that they had not noticed the introduction at all.
As an aside: It gets a little frustrating to get complaints every time I try something new. So, I Guess I'll stop.