I have seen some of the most popular forums on the internet melt down and never fully recover despite quality efforts and top notch admin (No I am not talking about the IM market).
Some have floundered after being among the most vibrant communities on the internet after platform migrations and others after being hacked to death. The warrior forum not only survived a significant migration it exploded.
I enjoy seeing the innovations. For example the other day I was thinking that the left side of posts needed facebook connections... tells you how long its been since I looked at all the new options in the profile settings :-)
The share links are a cool idea too... that and facebook likes will be huge for growing this forum. For anyone who wonders the potential value of this forum... google purchased feed burner for 100 million with less than 200k users and they received 10 million in venture capital to get to that point.
I wanted to throw a suggestion out there... avatars can be used for a variety of purposes. I think the best purpose is portraying the personality of the poster...
Until recently my own avatar did not accurately portray my personality... it took some troll sending a ticket to my support desk calling me the biggest douche in the world (including no other detail but a link to my warrior forum profile) for me to decide to put up something a little more realistic ;-)
Here is my idea...
Along with the avatar and social links I suggest allow members to add a QR code that appears in that left profile column of posts. I think its much better than a forum full of QR avatars... seen that... lacks personality. But I think another spot, much the same size as an avatar, for a QR code in the left profile column would be a nice enhancement to the profile of members.
I'm not a fan of suggesting what Allen should do with this place because he does a better job than anyone else I can imagine... but that is one I wanted to throw out there.