Obviously this is not what we want.
So, what are we doing to fix this? Well, as you've probably noticed, there's been some general reorganization. The webcomic forum has been archived for the time being. Why? Because there isn't a webcomic here, and there hasn't been for quite some time, and we haven't been a webcomic forum for any of that time: we've just been a forum. I've also moved the Indolent Admin Method forum to the top of the page, where it'll serve as an announcement clearinghouse as well as an oh-god-help-me forum, and the high-traffic Random forum has been moved to right underneath it. I'll be doing some more reshuffling of forums, but those are the big moves. Fear not, we're not eating your favorite forums! In fact, we'll be adding a couple of sub-forums, but that's still a project in the works. You'll hear more about that when the time comes. There'll also be some shakeup of the moderating teams, due to time commitment issues and other concerns, so that we'll have a more active mod corps.
This brings me to the audience participation segment of the post. I have ideas. I have an active core of users who want to help the forum community get back on its feet and active again. But this is not enough, because I also need to hear from you. Suggestions are welcome! Any idea is a good idea (unless, y'know, your idea is that we move to Alaska to hunt grizzlies for a living, because that'd be a pretty bad idea), so please speak up! Yours could be the idea that makes the rest of the Exalted community on the internet sit up and say "Hey, TFS isn't just porn after all!"
That said, just because you offer a suggestion does not mean it will get taken up. We can't make everyone happy. There is a very high probability that no matter what we do, some people will be extremely unhappy (this is the internet, after all). We can't do everything suggested, so don't take it personally when your brilliant idea to sell a line of sig-character action figures made entirely out of corks doesn't go anywhere. This is an incredibly important issue, not just for me, and we have to do this right if we want this forum to persist as an active community.
With that, I throw the floor open to you fine folks. Let's make TFS even more awesome! :D
People are already starting to fork off discussion groups, so I'll include links to them here.
- The Big Damn Webcomics Thread - Lots of people like the idea of reviving the comic-based core of the community. Discuss that here!
- The Big Damn Writing Project Thread - bassist159's attempt to get a new writing project going!
- Sequential Interaction Methodology - Our new Play-by-Post subforum. Let's see what kind of demand we can generate!