[quote=Alexander Ness]I think nice is great, but honest is better. [/quote]
I've seen too many messageboards where people are just agreeing with each other and there is no indication that anyone is capable of independent thought. Two things spur conversation on a messageboard.
Controversy usually annoys someone into leaving a board, but it also stimulates people to be honest and share their opinion. News has to be interesting to the people reading it. If you lack either of those, people bet bored and leave.