As I've been saying, especially recently, google hates forums, and we're not going to survive unless we do one of two things:
Be a community of people regularly engaging in discussions with each other, and NOT a support site that relies on a constant stream of question askers. In other words, give new members who might not be able to answer questions a reason to revisit daily, become addicted to our community, and not just visit or post when they have a question to ask. In other words, be more like a portal to the interwebs like Reddit. In other words, no longer have a reason to rely on google sending us a constant stream of question askers.
- Come up with a different set of features that google likes. Google hates forum content because they see it as unreliable and uncurated. They love stack overflow because it's so well curated. But newbies hate stack and lots of other people do too for how anti-newbie they can be. And, imho, stack does q&a reallllly well. I don't want to compete head to head with that. We need a different way to get google to love us ... perhaps a different type of curated content. Our code snippet library. Tutorials. Articles. Or maybe there's something else we can do to create an entirely different type of curated content. Perhaps something new and never been done.
Either way, those are our two options. Suggestions? Feedback?