I've noticed the more ubiquitous presence of a new helpful administrator which got me thinking about what more could be done in that direction.
These are just suggestions and some may not be good but hey, it's food for thought.
I used to and, still occasionally, visit mytractorforum.com. I thought they had a good system. They had an ad-free site for members who paid something like $20 a year (fairly nominal amount). If you didn't want to become a member, you were subject to ads. I thought $20 or whatever was a bargain rather than have ads in between each post of a thread. And anyone who has ever used this site has probably received $20 a year in value. Hell if you just sell something here, you've gotten some value.
Now to expand on that system. Take the money from that and "hire" several administrators. Maybe you pay them $300 a year. I know, it's not much but hey it's a few hundred a year. Their job would mainly be to help the newer visitors with the same issues that come up time and time again. The administrators could either have canned responses for the frequently asked questions or they create wiki pages or through their help, model posts have been created that can be a constant reference source. So they would basically say, "Oh you want to create a reliable 45 mph Moby, well here are the basics and go to this page for the whole story."
Hell, you could even provide basic guidance to the scooter questions instead of go fark yourself and find the right forum. People who ride scooters have also been known to own mopeds.
Anyway, it would eliminate a lot of the bashing on people that can't search the site and create a better overall site and experience. It would also promote complete threads. Even if you search the site, most threads on a subject are incomplete.
anyhow, my 2 cents - I'm sure I'll get roasted so let the ass-kicking commence . . .
I'm sure many prefer chaos. (edited)