What motivates forum members to start new topics? What encourages forum members to participate more often in the threaded discussions? A search on Google told me this. Many forums, many different kinds of forums, ask the question, How can we boost forum participation? Forum participation truly does take a lot of time away from "real life" concerns. But...What do you think? Are there topics and activities that would boost forum participation in the threads? What do you think those topics/activities should be?