My initial thought was that there would just be something for any member to quickly call and display all (or to select how many of) the articles, forum posts and articles & forum posts in a certain category.
I supposed it could be expanded out by, as a few examples, calling and displaying the articles, forum posts and articles & forum posts from a certain date or a certain member.
So, yeah, basically a short cut for calling and displaying the front page items - articles, forum posts and articles & forum posts. If there could be a type of block that we (as admin) could select, we could have it customized for what to call and show - by category, by date, by the member who submitted it, etc.
And if there was the option to select how many to call / display, all the better.