I'm starting to (Sadly) sort of admit defeat in the back of my mind. My forum has been around a good while now, although it was initially with Invisionfree before converting to PHPBB.
We used to have a couple thousand users and it used to be nice and busy, but after having moved over to PHPBB and tried to stay up to date as far as social networking integration etc it just doesn't seem to be getting used anymore, and I don't know why
I've just recently set up a Google plus community that's linked to the forum, but then after having a think about it, that's the problem. There are so many different outlets these days that all the 'Community' of a forum is now fragmented over all these social networks.
Strangely we do keep getting new members signing up all the time, but nobody really posts anything. Another strange thing is that the forum is considered widely to be one of, if not, the friendliest Vw forum around. All the current members say that...but they always come and go.
So to the original question, in this day and age where there are so many outlets for people to socialise on, how do we keep them coming to our forums to participate and become a part of the community?