There are too many forum sections, specially considering the amount of members we have. It would be much more practical if they were greatly reduced, so that we would have a single section for Kalimdor, amongst other changes.
I think there are two ways to go with forums: you either build a few sections and split them up later or you build lots of sections and hope to get the content later (as has been done here).
I'm on another forum that has done the "few sections" thing, and it does seem to make the forum look a bit more busy. But it can be a bit harder to split the threads up later. We went for forum tags over there (stuff like adding "[Scarred Lands]" to the title of a thread). And we only add a new subforum when we get enough threads to justify it. It does seem to work well.
But, to be honest, whichever way you do it, some people complain. I think both approaches have pros and cons.
The counter-argument against starting small and adding on subforums is that people are not aware that they can write about certain things and you don't get the threads to justify adding the subforums.
Ultimately, the person who owns a forum has to make the judgement call, as to the structure they go with, but it is the users that make the subforums a success.
Not sure if anyone who's left can do anything about that. I know I have no idea how.
It needs someone with an admin account. They would then need to use the Administrator Control Panel to add or remove forums. It isn't too hard, although you can't do it without admin rights.
Or...work on filling up the sections and we'll solve the problem in a different way! Heh.
That isn't such a bad idea. :smile:
More seriously, I think part of the reason it's not as attractive to develop those sections is that the world is pretty well fleshed out by the MMO. (Sure, Azeroth is tiny, but I doubt most GMs feel a need to make it bigger and/or add locales to flesh out the world.) There isn't very much in most of the sections, though; I'll definitely give you that.
I think that part of the problem is that it isn't obvious what should go into some of the sections (like "Outland Campaign"). You kind of need a "starter thread" to give people an idea of what the topic is and get the conversation going.