I'm not sure if this is possible, or if there would be an interest, but I've been on other forums where a real-time chat has been integrated into the front page of the site and I think it would really bring members closer together as far as socializing. It seems like the real-time chat is pretty hidden and underutilized at the moment since you have to make it a point to actually get there. If it was on the main page everyone who comes through could pop in and simply say "hi," link to a page/forum that needs attention, ask a simple question without needing to create an entire subforum or post, etc etc.
Just a thought!
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