I like the idea of telling people about this section in introduction threads. I think Cid and Cirno do that already if someone mentions it in their introduction, but maybe it would be better if FF&W's regulars do it as well. This way, we show members that we are a friendly bunch who want them to join us, and they won't feel so intimidated.
Also, I agree with what mosaicrole mentioned about fandom moving over to Tumblr. Other sites I used to go on for a lot of in-depth forum discussions are now slowly dying in favor of Tumblr. Still, there will always be people who prefer in-depth discussions (that are way more difficult to do on Tumblr), so it's just a matter of reaching out and finding them.