I now deactivated the "upcoming events" block on the front page and put the "most recent content" in its place instead.
what do you think of this layout?
the "most recent content" block will sooner or later have to be modded - the fields displayed depend on the content type. moreover, views does not support listing new users or forum entries / answers.
I would like to have upcoming events (i.e. events that are going to take place soon) represented in some way or the other on the front-page. This does not exclude the possibility that events that were recently added to the events list also appear in a "most recent content" block ...