There is a problem with forums that I seldom see mentioned, but believe is a huge deterrent to attracting and keeping new users. Quite simply, the problem is "status". As we all know, most forums have a similar signup process where you provide some basic info before becoming a member of the forum. It all sounds simple until one begins to consider the dynamics of most forums, where "newbies" are often treated differently simply because they are new to the forum. There are often cliques of "elite" members who sometimes display an us v/s them mentality, whether they know it or not. Since atracting and keeping new members is the goal of most forums, I believe that they could benefit greatly by considering the possibility of eliminating status symbols such as post counts, member titles (except admin and moderator), registration dates, etc... Let the content of posts speak for itself. Even the playing ground, placing emphasis on quality over quantity.