You said in your original post that you think forum members have fractured off into other places like Facebook. I am not a Facebook user, so I have no idea what the filmmaking discussions look like on that platform. Do you think more people participate on Facebook than they do here?
I applaud your effort to get more engagement. As I said, I love filmmaking. I love talking to filmmakers. I also love just reading the thoughts that other filmmakers have. I'm not sure how you get this place to become more than it already is.
Participate, no. Schill, yes. That's the indietalk difference. This place is about the community, and those other places especially facebook and twitter seem to cater more to people who just run into a room, yell, look at me, look at me, and then run out. In my mind a more robust community that develops over time is far more rewarding. I feel that for indie film people our greatest weakness is how we're all divided up into tiny groups without much collective horsepower. I'm working to the best of my ability to create a sensible way to approach that, but it really requires conversation, and I can't get that within the 2 second attention span ecosystems created by the likes of twitter.
I don't want this place to be more than it is. But I do want more people here. The reason being that it's a great place to network on a deeper level, where you can kind of learn about the personalities as opposed to just hash tagging everything into a monosyllabic checkbox. Personalities are important when you are trying to find people to collaborate with. I've spent, and am spending, real time here getting to know people, and I just don't have much interest in the shallow and purely self promotional aspects of many social media sites. To be fair, that's more of a problem with the modern world than it is with any one specific site, but on the other hand, we do see things working correctly here. People having real discussions with some weight and consequence.