MPG187 wrote:My forum covers lots of things so everyone should want to join.
Forums about general stuff often are not successful.
Think about the forums you're a member of. They're probably about something specific. A subject where you have or want specialist knowledge and you want to talk to people with the same interest. For instance, what would someone google in order to find your site? The domain name doesn't really mean anything. If they're looking for (for example) xbox they'll find thousands of bigger dedicated sites before they hit yours, likewise any other individual subject that your board is about.
You need to think about why you want the board and what service you want to provide with it and if you want to give that to hundreds or thousands of members and how you're going to attract them.
For me, personally, I don't like the style and I don't like the active topics bit because it means scrolling down a screen to see the forums.