Poppy I like your post (above) and am interested in your reference to Facebook
Yes I think you are right these days people seem to prefer Facebook etc. ... and the etc I take it is Twitter
The ironic thing is that these social networks are less sophisticated than a phpBB board could be e.g. different access levels to sub forums/ password entry forums and on top of that, many forums still have threads and discussions going back literally YEARS
If you look back on Facebook and Twitter how far back are you going to go? 2 weeks!?
but they do seem to be winning the war, in fact have they won it? nevertheless I am glad to see 3.1.0 on the horizon and some great praise for it evident during it's successful development - this is very heartening
the question "The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?" is quickly followed of course by "The next hardest question of all ... how do you get the new users to actually participate??"