I've been browsing through a few of the "Big game" sub-forums, and I've noticed that tons of these games are dead. In contrast, there are a lot of "Small games" and "Single thread" sections that are VERY active.
Would it be possible to have some of the "Big games" rebirthed somehow, with a little more visibility given to them?
I know that there's a desire to kinda "revamp" E and make it a little more mainstream or at least a little prettier, and I think the entire "Big Game" sub-category can be leveraged in that regard. Why not create one single forum with game synopsis and contact information for the Big Games? If more people knew what was out there and had that info readily available, that could be a good starting point for new people on E. A lot of the Big Games can also serve the needs of people who are looking for one-on-ones. Those BGs tend to be collections of single threads anyway.
The BGs can also serve as sub-lobbies for people who are interested in certain genres. For example, there are BGs already in existence that deal with various species of furries, or D/s relationships in various settings. It'd be pretty nice if there was a way for users to register into these sub-forums so that others who browse through there can go, "Oh, look, RobitusinZ is interested in furries, let me shoot him a PM and see if he wants to play out this new idea of mine." On the flip-side, you could have all of the sub-forums that a user's registered to in that person's profile, that way one can see at a glance what that person is interested in pursuing on E.
Maybe what I've said so far is a little convoluted, I'm just trying to get what's in my head out for others to read, but maybe it's best to provide an example of what I would personally like to do. I would like to be able to go to a forum dedicated to "Romance stories" (which could easily be what we consider today a "Big Game"). After browsing through the stories there for a while, I'd like to be able to see a list of users "registered" to that forum. Then I'd like to click on a writer's profile, and see what other forums they're on. So if I browse this Romance thread, and find a writer I like, I can PM him/her and say, "Hey, I see you're interested in X, Y, and Z...would you like to do such and such story with me?"
Right now, E's too focused on "explore on your own". I can really see how someone can join this site, post an intro, then get frustrated and split. I myself have been there, but I'm rather tenacious. It's not easy to find yourself a "niche" on this site, and giving a little more visibility to what's available might help.