We've just launched out site and feel there isn't enough stickiness yet. We don't want to over-think it, and everyone warns us continuously about that, but just as someone aptly pointed out that empty forum topics are embarrasing it seems to me an un-sticky enough site isn't a lot better.
Soooo, is a forum the way to go - do we still get a roaring round of applause? We offer tools like activity feeds (walls of sorts), following, lots of free profiles, a marketplace...bunch on stuff...but at the end of the day we really want to engage folks and have a truly vibrant community.
This is good for the members, of course, but will also be good for the subject of the site (animals and pets for breeders, owners and professionals). It's a super site for promotion just not sure we've nailed it with participation.
Finally, is everyone happy with the SEO coming from their Forums? Any up-to-the-minute updates/thoughts on that part of the discussion? Thanks lots everyone/anyone