I'm not flaming and I've actually got something constructive to say!
Now that I've got that away, let me start flaming on why these forums are "like a brand new lexus that someone decided to use as their personal toilet." The forums are extremely unorganized. A huge portion of the forums barely move with content at all because even though we have over ~1500 users online at any given time, the forum is just so vast with many sub forums being about the same thing. All that ends up happening is that users will pick a sub forum and start circle jerking in that forum (yes, I'm also talking about the BAR).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢You don't need to divide games up by its console/platform. If you pile all the games into one forum then you'll have an amazing forum that's full of activity. Yes there will be shitty threads, but when you've got 23 gaming forums that all need to be moderated then I'm pretty sure that condensing it all to 3 sub forums should be cake.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢The Level 20+, 18 and Up, General Discussion, and The Basement are all general discussion areas. Right there you've divided your user base four times. I say you keep the 18 and Up forum, and the General Discussion forum. Kill off the rest. You don't need The Basement. Many of the members responsible for the flaming are gone, and everyone else has mellowed down. There are enough mods to keep the flaming down, especially if the forums get organized.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢The Gears of War Forum has 11 topics. That's 11 topics users can be talking about in a single Gears of War thread. Same goes for all the other forums about a single game. Except for Halo. RT's fan base comes mostly from RvB, and back in the old days we had like 15 new threads a day about Halo so I can see why it gets its own forum.
If this necessary clean up happens, then these forums would actually be very decent. The mod point system, profiles, and all the little neat bells and whistles that this site has are amazing and it's a shame that there really isn't a visible community that uses. Here's what I think the forum should look like.
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