Have things always been this slow on the forums? I just joined and was hoping to get lots of insight and help from an active community of forum members, but it seems that there is not a lot of activity. Even the admins seem a bit slow to react.
Why not open the forums up to anyone who registers? Give them permission to post and use the forums normally. Then set aside some areas of the forums for members only. Like parts swap, classified listings, judging help, etc... You could make these separate from the regular forum so that only members could see the postings. You could also give club members a special badge to put in their signature lines, just to make their posts stand out and to make other users ask about membership.
I came to the MCA as someone new to the classic Mustang restoration scene. I figured that there couldn't be a more active, helpful, and informative forum than the one belonging to the Mustang Club of America, right? Open it up. Email all the people who signed up for a forum account, but never joined, and invite them to come back and participate. Let people know that Mustang enthusiasts have a home here. I could guarantee you more paying members, and better ad revenues.
concerned community member