I though it would be interesting to ask what makes a good forum? What do you think are their important features?
[SUP]Are @tags or the 'unanswered threads' page pivotal in making a successful forum? What extra functionality does 'friends' and 'groups' provide?[/SUP]
What do you think is necessary for a forums survival? And what do you think is unnecessary in most forums that are implemented today?
[SUP]What advantage does showing the number of posts in a category of a forum have? Does post count encourage quality posts? What purpose does 'hot topics' serve?[/SUP]
And lastly, what do you think is the future of forums? What would you like to see implemented?
[SUP]Could they take some cues from facebook, having 'like' buttons & news feeds? Or wikipedia providing community wide moderation? Or other social media.[/SUP]
I look forward to what you have to say.