I was thinking the other day, that the FF in general doesn't have anywhere near as connected an atmosphere as the JC does (I know that's not saying much, but eh). While I can understand that the FF isn't particularly aiming to have the feeling of one huge group of fans as opposed to lots of smaller groups of localisation, I think a bit of community atmosphere would be a good thing. For example - FF community has got to be one of the slowest 'community' forums out there. Similarly, I do not expect anyone to reply to this post for at least a few days because, quite frankly there is no point in checking FF comms because nothing goes on here! (And probably a good thing too!) However, I thought I'd share this idea with you, as a possible excercise in community building. Consider FFUK's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/UK_Regional_Forum/b10027/21346566/?242]Awards thread[/link]. What if, at the end of every year, or maybe even 6 months (much sooner and I don't think there would be enough material...) the FF in general had an awards thing similar to this? It strikes me as being similar to what the State Government does here in Australia - tidy town awards etc. So you get everyone to vote on - and thus getting them to visit other fanforces - awards such as: Best FanForce (I know that'd just be more like, "How many people from your own FF can you get to vote?", but it would still garner competition - or you could possibly change the criteria to "Best FF you aren't a part of") Best New FanForce Best FF Banner Best FF Icon Most hardworking CR Most spamworthy FF etc. You get the idea. The point of this isn't the awards, but the competition and community they create. It also would solidify each fanforce (OUR banner is best, thankyou very much!) and create even a little bit of achievement. Now, as to the handing out of the awards - I'm not saying that prizes have to be huge or anything, just maybe some simple running text (god, I don't know the proper phrase for it - you know, the text that moves! ) down the bottom of the main page, or a temporary change in the motto, or even just a thread. Personally, I believe that such an event, if implemented well and advertised, could bring quite a pleasant change in environment (or at least start a change) in the FF in general. Your thoughts?