Hi people , I've been thinking about all those free forums that you can find everywhere.
I think these forums are not good, and I don't mean this in the way that they are coded bad or don't do what they should do , but they are getting overused.
Those forums are poping up everywhere and this has I think a bad effect on established webforums who also use this free forumsoftware.
What I actually try to say is ... Your forum will not stand out if you just use the basic skin , basic functions cause there are thousands of boards EXACTLY the same.
I know a fews people are probably thinking that the content on the forum is most important but this content comes from users and you have to pursuede these people first to join your forum. It's also possible that I'm the only one who feels this way because I'm a design freak and normal users probably don't care how your forum looks like.
note: yes I do realise this is a vBulletin forum but it has been adjusted enough so looks like its part of the rest of the website.