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I was wondering if it would wake up the forum if we had a bar/pub thread where we could talk about mostly everything, what do you all think about that ?
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IME, open topic forums tend not to end well.

One very major photographic site I frequent has just shut down exactly such a sub-forum and deleted it in its entirety.

Not saying that this would necessarily be the outcome here, but it is strongly suggestive.

PS: this represents my own personal view, and is not in any way meant to represent the views of the site owners.
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So wake up forum with talking about stuff that has nothing to do with forum name and meaning? People talking about anything in other places . if this forum will wake up with trash talk then no thank you for me. I would avoid such place.
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I tend to agree with Ratbag's thoughts on open topics.

You can talk about anything you want in "Off Topic", within forum rules of course ;-)

There is also a private "Contributor's Den" available to those who make a monetary contribution to the forum: "Your private forum where pretty much anything goes. This is not open to the public and has very minimal moderation."
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My suggestions for increasing traffic & therefore conversation:
1. Encourage more "Sponsored Content" By this I mean contributors like Bridgestone, who regularly provide informative content e.g Supercheap Auto, BCF, Autobarn to name a couple of Australian businesses, whether international companies may be interested (Hello Subaru!)...?

2. An "In the news" section where news relative to the forum is encouraged - not specific to subarus though, general motoring related, camping offroad news etc..


I prefer suggestion 1
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I find that Bridgestone stuff to be a little bit "propaganda" so not everyone feels the same way....
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I find that Bridgestone stuff to be a little bit "propaganda"

It is, I agree!
But it's quite often a conversation starter too.
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and helps pay the bills!
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And thanks to Bridgestone as I have now bought two sets of road tyres on their buy 3 get 4. So having their propaganda pays off for me!
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I find that Bridgestone stuff to be a little bit "propaganda" so not everyone feels the same way....
well, it is.

But is quite clearly sponsored by Bridgestone, so I find I just read it with that in mind. As the forum section says:
This is the place for our Supporting Vendors to promote their business..

I agree -- if you want places like this to survive, sponsorship of ring-fenced sections is a pretty good way to do it.
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