Hey, ktennant, the boards kind of ebb and flow, depending on how busy people are. Depending on your goal, you may want to check out the specific threads organized by weight loss goals...there are 5-15 pounders, 10-20, 30, 50 and 100+, among others, so whatever is closest, jump in to one of those; people tend to check in with their regulars even if there's no time to read new posts.
I hear you on the calories, though. I am a small person and what I maintain at and lose at is probably half of what the guys can eat. It's just the way it is; it's not fair, but nothing I can do will change that. Building up muscle will let you be able to burn a little more and therefore eat a little more. It is normal to be hungry at first; you will get used to it, I promise. In the meantime, try to fill up on veggies, fruit, whole grains...things that are bulky and filling but not high in calories. Hang in there...once you start seeing results, you will be more tolerant of feeling a little hungry