Okay, I've been checking this forum out for a couple days now... and I think I have compiled a raw list of all issues I see. Not only that, but I can even tell you exactly how to fix them too. If you fix these issues, the site will be a lot better for it and will have an actual chance to flourish. Too many boards, not enough activity to sustain them, and too much redundancy. I can't overstate this enough. I'm not saying you guys don't know what you're doing when it comes to running a forum, but this is a really amateur mistake I see all the time. Many people think "More boards = more activity = good", but sadly that is not how it works. As I type this, there are only 9 registered members online, and 11 guests, while there are 15 boards to post on. When you have more boards than you do average active users, that's a bad sign. Now let's look deeper at these boards, and I'll tell you how a new member such as myself sees them. 4 boards have not been posted in since february or earlier. 5 boards have 10 posts or less, when averaged out. There are two "General" boards, which is rather redundant, and to top it off you have an "Offtopic" and a "General" which serve exactly the same purpose, except I'm assuming the Offtopic doesn't count posts which is a totally pointless addition. I'll elaborate on that in a bit. You also have two "Suggestion" boards, and then I won't bother pointing out how many other redundant boards you have that all serve the same purpose. The point is, they're unneeded. Announcements and Forum Feedback This entire category is depressing to look at. Combined with Forum Feedback at the bottom, it's something guaranteed to push away new users. Not only can I not, at a simple glance, tell how many people are on the forums (Implying none!) I CAN tell at a glance how many boards are inactive, or have been inactive for a month or longer, both of which would tell me as a new user this forum is not worth my time. Cumulate that over a hundred potential new users or more, and it makes a vicious circle cascading effect, driving away new members. I recommend condesning many of these boards into one or two boards instead. In fact, I think just one board, and a subforum would be best, you'll see what I mean in a bit. The rest of the forum Realm of the Diggle gods is doing okay. Not amazing, but okay. However, what really bugs me is the fact it has three subforums, completely redundant and unneeded. General is also doing pretty good, it's the biggest board by far. Gameplay, doing okay. Bugs, doing good and it makes sense/isn't redundant. Stories and Fan Fiction, it's unneeded, or should be a subforum of General. Having a forum with that few discussions in it only makes the forum look less active, again driving away new members. Mods, doing great. Suggestions, wait what? So... you have a suggestions subforum for Diggle gods, a suggestions board again for "general" DoD, and a forum suggestions board too?? There is no need for this man suggestion boards, because not only are they redundant, they make the forum spread too thin and they confuse people. ("Where should I post this suggestion, there are three different boards UGHHHH better go to a different forum then.") Funny Stories, uh yeah there's no need for this. It hasn't been posted in since the 7th and should be merged with the other Stories board. So let's TL;DR this. -Too many boards -Too much redundancy -Too confusing -Spread too thin considering the activity -Makes the forum look dead or extremely inactive at best, driving away new members. Now for my proposed layout. --Dungeons of Dredmor Announcements-- Announcements Site Feedback --General Forum-- Dungeons of Dredmor Discussion -Suggestions -Gameplay -Bugs Diggle Gods Discussion -Suggestions -Gameplay -Bugs General Discussion Modding Writing and Creative Other Games Original number of boards: 19 (Including subforums) New number of boards: 13 First, we eliminated all redundant boards, and this separates the suggestions for Diggle gods from normal DoD discussion. All boards pertaining to the forum are condensed and moved to forum feedback, it's not like you have enough to make one full page anyway. All forum and game related announcements go in the announcements board. All of your most active boards are presented first, with the less active boards at least adding to the most active boards total, making them appear more active ad hopefully attract new members. Antoher thing is that if Offtopic is one of those boards that doesn't count posts, just remove it and condense it with General Discussion. All a board like this does is encourage spam and contributes nothing towards actual decent activity. Forum games too, those are rather pointless but feel free to keep it if the memberbase wants it. Next, we go to other smaller things. The total black background on the forum doesn't sit quite right with me, you should make it something less harsh, like colored pink/red/orange mist or something, maybe even a large art from ingame. Then, show the number of active members online on the board index, showing we aren't 100% dead and do in fact actually have members online. If you take the time to implement these changes, I guarantee the forum will be 100% healthier for it. And, if you don't really want to do it, I'll offer to do it for you though you can feel free to decline if you like. I have years of experience running forums and I can't stand seeing my new favorite game's forums not get the attention it deserves when the errors are fixable. Edit: Sorry for any mispellings, I have moderate dyslexia.