I've run a gaming forum since 2004. I've used phpBB2, SMF and now back using phpBB3 which is by far the best one yet. I've had massive issues with spam in the past, in fact the only real reason I have changed software is because of forum spam. @Mittineague, definitely upgrade to phpBB3. It's not that hard! it's scary at first but you get use to it They have in-bilt functionality to allow custom sign up fields which are great at stopping spam. (TBH I've thought about just blocking China completely, too harsh? illegal? don't know!)
Recently I've had issues with new members not getting along with a very old member of the forum. The way he comes across to noobs can be "stand-offish", this often happens with older members as they have seen it all and get tired of the same old questions. Has anyone come up with sensitive ways to tackle this issue? I'm sure it comes up a lot around here
Boosting activity: any tips? it's not always easy is it! I find it comes in spurts when new members flood in. The oldies get up and start talking. I know a lot of members come to the forum daily but they just don't say anything or reply that often. What are some incentives you use? has to be some cheap tricks other than post count and "title".