Personally, I think a full sized 'Search' button would be a well worth improvement on the Penny-Arcade forums. Like the size of the 'New Topic' button and possibly just slap it up at the top next to the profile options. The improvement though wouldn't really be more than something to make the SEARCH LINK stick out. Its a handy and great feature, so I think it deserves easier recognition.
Yeah I guess I was just being a moron then, thanks.