well ok then...
iphotoforum.com started as a concept in early feb 2003 from the photography forum on vwvortex.com - a vw enthusiast site. several of us are advanced amatures, semi-pro or pro photographers and couldnt deal w/ all the n00b questions all day everyday and random photos of people cats.
that, along w/ the fact that of the 2 dozen + website forums im a part of that specialize in photo and/or art were getting old. photo.net is the web's largest photographer info site, but there forums are antique to say it nicely. deviantart.com has some great talent, but its like weeding thru a haystack for a needle. some of hte other boards im on are full on snobby wedding photographers who dont think anything is good enough unless u are doing weddings or portraits, while others are just for fun, not real serious, picture posting forums.
they all have their niche market, but i couldnt find comfort in any of them... myself and several friends from the internet all have unique styles and are pretty diverse
so... i bought the domain name, aquired hosting and on feb 14th at like 5am i launched the site. the first 2 weeks we had like 173 registered users, mostly coming from vwvortex (currently that site has 105k users on it) so that was a BIG boost for the site.
after that... i made suer i had a link in my sig for every forum im on, just like here, not to the point where its spam, as i am actually active in the other forums, but just so its there.
i made and still do make personalized responces for everything i think i can contribute to, welcome all new users and still read every single post every day.
my moderators do the smae thing for all the forums they mod.
ive made a "link us" page full of all differant sized banners for users to add to their own websites
i run a monthly photo contest
i made a small modification to phpBB to allow google to spider the site more freely
the other forum site in my sig, realityshowforum.com isnt even a week old yet... and im in the process of setting up therealworldforum.com too