Film is widely regarded by the masses as less than, obsolete, or flat out gone due to the hype of the digital juggernaught. So what it needs is brilliant imagery as it's front man. Unlike Flickr or other places drowning you with billions of images, this site has the unique opportunity to engage people based on this brilliant portrayal, but it falls short for a few reasons...
1. There could be a looping slideshow of some of the best new analog work out there on the home page, but there is not.
2. There could be a more flavor forward feel of the content of the images in analog being easily detected by the new forum reader, but again, there is not.
3. Perhaps lock out the forum topics from non-paying or visiting site users rather than the very things that are not only to bring in more potential film users but more paying site users, THE PHOTOS.
Instead, it is more and more technical just like a lot or other forums and in the case of those on here who are both outright uninformed and negative but love to hear them selves talk like Aristophanes and CGW, they do nothing to further either the craft of the medium or even the future of this site. I see no work by them and yes, it matters to me....and it matters to those who right this very moment might be asking "Why should I use film, show me why?"
We need more talented users of film to come forward and make great images readily accessible in *every* discussion, end of story. This site is missing out on being the advocate for analog use due to a lot of reasons, one of them being that one of the very first things a site visitor should see is great imagery on film.
This is a visual medium we are talking about here, you are not going to gain new film users by posting a bunch of hot air and have great imagery buried in a bunch of forum subsections and under lock and key...