Things seem a bit stale here on the Hypnos Forum. Lots of people still visit here, and "hits" to the forum aren't down at all, but there are fewer new posts. An increasing number of those posts are self-promotion, "for sale" links, radio playlists and "now listening," and while those are perfectly fine things to talk about, I wonder what we could do to get everybody more interested.
I'm not just complaining, but looking for suggestions regarding anything people would like to see around here.
Does anybody think it would make sense to eliminate the forum sub-sections, so all new postings go into a single time-sorted area? This wouldn't have worked before, when there were hundreds of new posts per day in dozens of topics, but now there are usually only a handful of new topics per day. This isn't a change I'm likely to make, but I'm trying to consider all kinds of things to make this a more active community.
I've considered switching to a different forum software, just to enable some different features and interface options. For example, phpBB was the software we used in the "golden age" of this forum, and there are some interesting add-ons for it.
Does anybody care about things like better integration with outside social networks like Facebook and Twitter? I'm not sure what that would add to the forum, and I'm hesitant to make a section of this forum a dumping-ground for everything tweeted by every Forum member... but I'll throw it out there to see what anyone thinks.
One other possibility is to add a section for "user blogs," where some forum members could have their own section for posting reviews, podcasts, opinions, or whatever. This could be accomplished either by sectioning off a place for approved users to blog, or by integrating with the existing off-site blogs of certain users so that content is mirrored here.
This would be a great time to sound off if you have certain complaints or wishes for what you'd like to see at the Hypnos Forum. Should we focus on offering members-only content? We could set up a part of the forum where anonymous browsers couldn't reach, and post extra special stuff. Do you wish more recording artists and label owners would contribute here? Is there anything on the Hypnos forum you'd rather see less of?
Any input appreciated... fire away!