I see you left a comment on my profile. Thanks for that. I decided I wanted to get active again and finally become a full member.
So I'm doing a few posts a day and enjoying it.
I tend to post at odd times because I'm in New Zealand.
lot of activity and it wasn't because they were good threads, just because they were all different to what was there. We just need more threads really, more activity from anyone. That period resulted in a huge amount of general posts, and as a result a load of those posters made other threads and it was the busiest / most entertaining I'd seen the general in a long time.
I don't know why there are less threads these days up there, but that's what needs to happen. It's a gay example but I can't think of another one - that period at the start of the year I think where I made 4-5 threads in the general (demote 3 posters, best friend is kim-jon un, jake replacing jake, bring back a banned poster etc) spurned a
I don't think you can remove the popular threads that are always bumped like the ones mentioned below, so really the only option is to try and get enough activity in that forum so that half the front-page threads aren't the same ones we see every single day. In the newbies the amount of threads being created at good times was amazing.
The newbie general was brilliant for a few years because there were so PHEW of these threads, the newbie general front page would be constantly changing, allowing for much more different discussion and a range of different posters. It has to be moving. The mains general hasn't been moving for a long time now.
The general was at it's best when you could go to that forum and pick out any thread from the first page and it would be interesting/entertaining/original. Now you go to the General and the most popular threads are the same ones (50k, pics, random chat, little things that annoy you, protein powders, weightloss diet thread, snatch chat)...
Then it's a good thing. I can't remember the last time I opened that thread and read decent/funny posts. We need more threads anyway, less giant threads with no real discussion or point to it. I found so many posts in there are just ignored or really have no purpose to it, or as you say, just a rehash of the same stuff by the same people.
I'll come back for 2-3 years until someone better suited can take over. Cina will never moderate a top forum again, or probably any forum again. I heard he gets to keep 1/3 of his posts as severance pay though so it's not all bad.