I may be relatively new and more than likely the least liked member of the community , but I would like to interject an issue that I see.
This forum is incredibly slow. Now I realize that we all have lives outside of this place. Jobs, errands, loved ones that take up our time. People don't have the time to consistently wait around for someone to reply to their reply, only to reply to that reply.
But, there will be a topic that generates some traffic, there will 3, 4, 5 comments, then nothing for hours. This can be a serious turn off to those who hover around contemplating becoming a member.
A lot of of other forums I have visited, have a games section, something to keep members entertained in between the serious discussions. That doesn't seem to exist here. Also something that I just don't understand is how people get upset at comments that veer off the main discussion "derailing" the thread. That's how conversation works in the real world. If you are hanging out with your friends, buddies, pals, guys, chum, co-conspirators discussing something the conversation twists and turns and often covers several subjects. I agree that if someone is being blatantly ignorant, or just plain mean, there is a problem. However, if one says something that opens the door to sarcasm or even an innuendo, again that's how it works in the real world. If you say something that your friends can pounce on, true friends normally do.
The beautiful thing is, you don't have to reply. But we are not very good at keeping our opinions to ourselves. We want to through in our two cents. To make sure our voices are heard. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, people shouldn't take offense to what is said here in cyberspace.
I am completely rambling now, lost focus of where I was going. I could be wrong (it's been known to happen) but I believe that most of us here are nonbelievers of all all powerful judgemental creator. Honestly though, how long can a talk of what is the main thought we all share on the subject maintain momentum before it becomes stale.
Back to my original point, if there was a bit more liveliness, maybe a section of the forum that would allow for new members to become comfortable, before they jump into the thick of things, it may attract fresh blood. But, I'm an idiot, so why would anyone listen to me?