And I don’t like how it is going at all with decline in active membership. Just since I last posted that thread, we’ve already lost another 1,500 active members in just about 15 months time. Losing roughly 100 a month should cause us all concern.
Several moderators in that thread explained some of it by ridding us of spammers, banned members, socks and such, but acknowledging overall active membership has been declining for some time.
A webmaster should optimize the site for lower load time and SEO.
Each extra second to load results in significantly higher bounce rate. New viewers could be clicking in, but they’re going to bounce right on out if they have to wait (today’s internet denizens want immediate results).
Also, I’ve mentioned this before, but I believe the SDMB would benefit from fresh content. I’d like to see a new forum dedicated to posting original content created by members (humor, photos, short stories, music clips, artwork, etc.).
I really think an Onion.com type blog would be popular and fun. It could be a menu item to the right of “Archive” on the homepage: https://www.straightdope.com/ Maybe call it “the Scallion”. The blog page would be designed to look like a news site. Members would have editing privileges to submit humorous stories (with or without Photoshopped photos). Could also be split into World and Local (SDMB community) news—e.g. “Mods Given Remote Keyboard Tazers to Keep Dopers in Line.”
This wouldn’t be difficult to set up and it could cost nothing, or next to nothing.