Yeah the issue is driving people to it. AG may have made the interface shitty and the front page pointless but the content is still user-driven. If the users aren't there then there's no content. Not to rag on your abilities to create a forum, perhaps it's a good exercise, but I doubt you'd pull the old members back into the fold or bring what's left of MM over successfully. Would probably just divide the group even further and reduce membership on both ends.
Exactly. I have said it before, Forums are a 80's kids thing. Obviously there are people from other generations, but the main meat of MM through its glory years where driven by the generation born in the 80's through very early 90's. This generation has since grown up, gotten married, had kids; and no longer devotes time to posting on a forum. During the glory days most of us were single with maybe a girl friend or something, but that was it. We all played COD4 all night on Xbox live together and devoted a ton of time to bull shitting on here. Which was done when the majority of us through the mid-late 2000's were in college or the Military. We all got out of college or the Military, got jobs, had families, and move on from bull shitting with our buddies online.
I used to spend hours a day on here sometimes making hundreds of posts a day when it was really busy. Now I jump on here when I am slow at work to post some BS in the politics section. I very very rarely ever log on outside of that. I can't even remember the last time I logged in at home.
Now that generation who is currently in college or the military, just out of highschool, uses other forms of communication to BS with friends. I don't need to list all of the social media platforms because its quite obvious. And all are easily used right on that mini computer/phone you have right in your pocket. During the mid 2000's we had the Motorola rzr as the most bad ass phone on the planet and even the brand new for 2007 iphone was slow as fuck because there was not even 3g internet on them. So we had no other choice than to jump on our PC's, and that was the norm. But after we grew up and moved on, there was a new form of BSing with buddies that cropped up. And aside from using laptops for homework, not many people use a laptop all the time in that age range anymore.
And you'll never be able to get our generation, now in our mid to late 20 back to devote a ton of time to a forum again. For a lack of better terms, we have better things to do with our lives now than to spend hours a day on a forum. And the kids who are now at that point in their lives with all the time in the world to bull shit, don't use forums to do their bull shitting. So that's where we stand.