In one study of forums, I have read that the main attractionis the theme or the topics on the boards. But secondarly are the the design of
the forum, the members especially when there are good posters, the ranking of
the members and also the reward system. For me, the members is the main attraction. Regular posting ofmembers gives the impression of a dynamic forum particularly if the posts are interesting
and relevant to the theme. A banter on the boards is one indication of the
closeness of members in the community. And I really appreciate if the mod and
admin would join the fun. Whether there is a reward system or none, even if the
design is not that cool, a forum is good in my taste if the members are dynamic
in their activity.