Oh wee i'm glad my suggestion found some positive feedback.
But i sense some differences here:
On the one hand, you want an active forum.
On the other hand, you want to stand out from the rest.
I think thats the main problem of the site:
There are like thousands of sites like 1emu around:
A Portal thingy, plugged ontop of a forum software.
Dont get me wrong, my romuniverse wasnt much different, but it didnt work out in the long term.
I learned something from my half a dozend websites i did over the years.
The reason is simple:
The web is a place of people taking stuff and not giving anything in return.
I noted that on romuniverse and i especially see it daily since my sidtool is out.
With almost 1000 unique visitors within 2 months and over 200 downloads of 1.0 RC1 alone within like one week, what ammount of feedback would you expect ? I can tell you, its nothing, nada, Z-I-P.
When romuniverse was up, within its 2-3 years of existance it had like 30 people posting on the forums regulary.
So get rid of the idea that people will participate on your site for the sites being. The web is full of leechers. Its that way, you cant do anything against it. Example: When i came to the forums a few mins ago, there were 9 members online, and 139 guests. Get the idea ?
Now there is some more i want to bring in:
You have a lot of consoles here that are covered in the forums. From oldschool (S)NES to PS3 and XBoX 360. Divide that up. To make it simple: You may have like 13 people here for each console supported. Thats not enough to get activity here, considered the leecher mentality on the web.
If only 1/10th of people register here, cause they find the site interesting, you end up in 1/100th,
cause the site covers too much.
I dont know, how to explain this exactly.
Look at some popular sites on the web.
When you load them up in your browser, you dont get 20 news each day.
Lets take the old lemon64.com for example. You load it up, and you get LOADs of content. And the forum isnt the thing that jumps at you. Yet its very active. Why ? Cause people get there, get hooked to the site and then sign up the forums. At least thats what i think.
Also, 1emu is called an "Emulation" site. Then i ask myself, what got Xbox, PS2, PS3, Nintendo DS and all the other stuff to do here ? They are not being emulated any well since today.
So what is the focus of 1emu ?
Is it emulation ? Then focus on emulation and dont compete with all these rich game sites, cause you cant win.
Is it nextgen consoles ? Then screw the oldskool crap, and get ready for teens flooding your site with ISO requests.
And there is another thingi tell you: In the end you will be more successfull when focussing on oldskool stuff. The nextgen consoles have teens glued to them, while the oldskool stuff has mature people interested in them. Thats why 25 years after C64 was released there are still people holding demo compos in 2007 and code stuff like sidtool. On SNES there are many hacksites, people hack roms to translate Japanese games to English and german, people mod the roms. People code stuff like Jumpman under Construction
or look at Arno
who released its 20th Boulder Dash game in 2006. Or look at me. I come here since 4 years now.
Anything like that for any PSX related site ? Any PSX hacks out there ?
You cant have both. 1emu misses a focus, and only sites with a clear focus attract people.
What the focus will be, is determined by the people that have supported 1emu over the years.
Noone of that guys into oldskool ? Then compete with ngemu.
OK, thats it for today. Beer is empty
Forgive me if i pissed you off with anything, but its how i see things.