A post-to-download rule would be HORRIBLE. Not only would it lead to more spam, it would also kill the traffic here - and we're trying to promote StopTazmo. The forums might get some more activity, but we might also lose people who would come here and post because they want to (who can be very good members - you know, like all of us!). What we need is to promote these forums on other sites and show them as a good place to discuss series. One way is through forum organization... having specialized threads and all that, I think (and yeah, that would mean more moderation, if just stickying and stuff. Starting new conversations would be great too, though).
I would say the BIGGEST problem facing these forums is that it's hard to get in here and stay in here. Manga discussion threads seem to be pretty dead, lasting perhaps a page or two and may not be organized (they could be started by someone saying "chapter's out" with people commenting that they like it or don't). I've noticed this elsewhere too, and... it's that discussions don't happen. People come to make a post, and they leave, because everything is done in isolation. Part of it, I think, is just making an effort to respond to others' posts and carry on theories and the like, but I'm not blaming you guys for this - it takes everyone, and from what I can see, many communities are becoming fragmented in this way. Perhaps I'm just looking in the wrong places, but many places seem to have lost the sense of community, with older members guiding conversations for new people to jump into, and it's really made things suck.
Maybe all we have to do is talk with each other and make do with what we have. Though cutting dead subforums would at least reduce the number of places people can go and make ST look less dead.
Pardon my necro too, please~ =P
...god, that took FIVE messages!
took you long enough
I agree with closing down the forum games section