I'd personally love to see a music subforum and I think it would be a great little addition to the site. The "Post what song you're listening to" thread could go in there which could help draw people in, and it would be a nice little space for people to post about specific bands/generes/subcultures and get recommendations. The thread I mentioned is great to peruse for fun, but it's really not viable at all to get any information or recommends since it's just a complete mess of every genre and type of music. I realise technically people could post about music in the entertainment subforum, but I really think it warrants a separate subforum (inside "Entertainment").
In fact, I feel like entertainment in general could use some more direction - I feel like splitting adding both Music and Movie subforums would help boost a bit of activity in there. At the moment "Entertainment" is just a mess of everything, and it's all dead threads because no one knows what to talk about in there. In my opinion.
But personally I don't care much about movies and I'm just here to advocate for the Music subforum
So what's up with the lack of contests in the last few months? I know @DonValentino just set one up, so it's kind of a silly time to complain, but I'm not really familiar enough with random posts on codex to have anything good to enter. Is there ever gonna be another SOTW, customization or Photoshop contest (my favorite) again? It just seems like the last few that got run fell through and were never closed, and now there just isn't any.
Also how can we drum up more activity in general?
On a side note, am I the only one who finds it rather intimidating that most of the active threads are ENORMOUS? Like, it's very cool that we have posts with hundreds (or thousands) of replies, but I can't be the only person who simply finds them too daunting to enter. Like, the confession thread, for example. Made in 2014, nearly 4000 posts. Now of course that is amazing, and it's great that the thread is still so active, but (and maybe I'm the only one to look at it this way), I feel like it's just a massive barrier to newer users. When 80% of codex activity is on a handful of topics, the rest of the forum feels so sparse, and it just makes the site feel so dead. Like, no offense, but I don't have much interest in writing my confessions here - I'm just a private person. But so much of the community's activity is in that one thread. Or the "Something Good/Bad that happened to you" threads. It's cool for a little while, but am I the only one who feels like those threads have been beaten to death? A lot of the time I come on here and don't post anything at all because I feel out of the loop and uninterested in megathreads that have thousands of posts on one topic, and there's barely ever new topics posted. It took me a while to even decide if chit-chat was the right place to post this, because the whole first page is megathreads or AMA spam. And I feel like this lack of fresh, interesting threads is why the site is comatose outside 1000+ threads. It just feels like too much random stuff on one topic without any fresh discussions. I fully realise I'm largely just complaining here there's no topics that interest me much while simultaneously not posting any new topics of interest, but I'm uncreative. I dunno, I guess I just wanted to post my thoughts on it. Does anyone agree or am I just rambling?