I mean, yeah, it's a little late right now. Sure. But it's an undeniable thing that VGC has become decreasingly active in recent years, with a dearth of new members being one of the key reasons for it, and with each passing day it seems the place only grows more and more stale. The team (aka TalonMan) behind the website have been hard at work improving the experience of browsing here, with loads of new features and enhancements being made on a somewhat regular basis, but no matter what, it's not attracting new people or bringing back old users, and it doesn't seem to be making current users more active, either.
I think we can spend a long time theorizing just why this has happened, but honestly, at some point we're gonna have to figure it out if we wanna keep this community alive. I can only speak for myself when I say I love this place, but I know many share that sentiment and it's sad to see it fast becoming a mere shadow of its former self.
We need to fix it. How? Well, I don't know. Maybe you don't know, either. But, this is what this thread is for: discussing this subject, trying to come up with solutions, and hopefully start turning things for the better. You know, because multiple people thinking is more thinking than one person thinking. Or something.
Let's bring back the good days of VGC.
You talk about the technical changes TalonMan brings, this is cool for existing users but seldomly the reason for new users to join. The main draw in point for VGC always were the numbers. Now that is severely crippled by letting the software numbers out and only show hardware numbers. So the site needs another strong point. It can just simply be a gaming forum, but there are others out there, to stand out is a thing of the community. But there are some additional things here: Game database and Prediction League. Both are somewhat unique. Other than that it boils down to attractive threads. I personally think the 50 greatest game thread at years end is very attractive.