The obvious answer to this question is that forums need members, but membership numbers do not, in themselves, constitute a forum. Forums need posts, made up of threads and replies. Yet, if a large number of these threads simply regurgitate stuff that has been discussed on multiple other forums there is a problem, and if a large percentage of the posts are one or two lines of text that doesn't say much of anything, there is a bigger problem, and this problem leads back to the first point that was made: forums need members. Typically, people find forums through search engines, and search engines index forums according to their content. When forum threads are about things that are already being discussed in several other forums, the search engines have no reason to include that forum in its index, since it has already indexed forums that discuss the same things. When forum posts are only one or two lines long, the search engines have difficulty determining what the discussion is supposed to be about, or in deciding that it is worthwhile including it in its index. Please consider this when you are posting. Being a new forum, we particularly need people to be able to find us in the search engines and, when they do, they have to be able to find something here that is different, and hopefully better, than what they have seen on other senior forums. Sometimes, in conversation, there is no need for a lengthy reply, but please remember that the short ones don't help to bring new visitors to the forum. The same is true of threads that don't actually say anything. In another forum that I run, someone posted a thread asking whether other members preferred a PC or a Mac. Well, if anyone cared, we could put up a poll for that. A better opening post might have stated the type of computer used by the person opening the thread, and discussed why they are using that type of computer rather than another, whether it was because of price, familiarity, performance, or some other reason. Later discussion might focus on the differences between a PC and a Mac, and the reasons why someone might want to switch from one to another. What programs or features do you miss from your former operating system, and have you found suitable replacements for them in the new operating system? Otherwise it could be handled with a poll. Most any topic of interest to a member of this forum is an appropriate topic, and they certainly don't all have to serious, intellectual, or heady. If it seems like it might be fun, post it, but then be willing to say something about it. Person to person conversations often don't involve a lot of words, but one of the differences between a verbal conversation and a forum conversation is that a forum conversation requires more words. No one can see the shrug of your shoulder or your facial expressions, so words are of great import. Forums are like any other website. The more useful and well written their content, the better they are likely to do in the search engine results pages. Entertainment is useful so, once again, I am not suggesting that discussions have to be serious, although a few of those never hurt. Entertain yourselves, but do it with words. Thanks for listening to me.