It was announced on the S7Radio station, on the forums, and in the site news. But, I think people started ignoring the site news, honestly.
There is a disconnect, yes. The oekaki has not yet had its facelift to match the new site. Eventually, the plan is to bring the actual drawing applications, and the display of new oekaki images, directly into the site so there isn't much separation. The problem is, because there were two separate user systems between the main site, and the oekaki software, we're going to have issues merging the two user bases. I'm still working on how to handle that. However, the goal is to bring the oekaki into the site like the forums were. When that stage will happen has not yet been decided.
Oh, the users would be able to create the clubs/communities. That's definitely the idea. There's no way we could know every club that would be desired.
Hm. You should be able to give more than one star per day. You should only be restricted to one star per image (to prevent people from artificially stacking star scores). If you're only being allowed one per day... that's a bug that needs fixing.
The intention of being able to list another member on a commission wishlist is not to obligate said member, but rather to just put it out there that, gee, if there was anyone you'd like a commission from, it's that person. The feature would display with heavy caveats stating that by adding someone to your wishlist, it does not obligate them to actually do anything for you, or for free. Likewise, any notification to the artist that they've been added to someone's wishlist would have similar caveats.
But, you make a good point. In the online artist community, there seems to be a pervading opinion that if you ask someone to do some artwork for you, that person is beholden to you to produce top-of-the-line artwork at the drop of a hat, for free, and right now. I could see this feature becoming a source for drama. In that case, perhaps it would be wise to add a user privacy preference that prevents people from adding you to their wishlists, much like you can prevent being added to a museum, or your images from being favourited.