I would like to be able to upload pics directly to the forum, not to a third party place like ImageShack and then have to copy a URL into the post. That's just a pita, and something that has to be re-learned each time, if you don't do it often enough.
Ideally, I would love to host the images on the site itself. I agree, I don't like being forced to use a third party to display pics on a website. That's the route I'm heading for - allow users to upload pics directly to the server.
I would like a section devoted to accessories, like lighting, or gauges, or water bottles - things that are not specific to a brand or model.
Like a review section? I'm setting up the site to have a page/area dedicated to user reviews of products. If that's what you're talking about, I agree that's a great idea. If not, please tell me more. I'd love to hear about it.
You need to keep the technical sections related to the specific bike - that's what draws a lot of users, to see what problems others are having, and how they are solved.
Definitely a good point. I haven't figured out the best way to approach this yet (should i go with a forum layout, or should i find a way to keep the technical section a part of the "magazine" theme (which would be preferable I think)), but I think you are correct - it needs to be organized.
If the website makes good money on ad-clicks, why not share that back to the people who post, by giving a random poster each day a $5 paypal payout, or something like that.
Intruderalert.com has the nicest layout that I've seen for a forum.
This part, honestly, would be hard to do for a few reasons. 1, chances are the expenses of the site are going to be a lot higher than any income coming in, so any ads would be barely helping to maintain the site for many years; and 2, I personally do not like a ton of ads on a website, so I would prefer to find a way to sustain the site without spamming everyone with ad traffic.
I also wonder how that might negatively affect the site's reputation, if it appears people are paid to visit? Perhaps find a way to reinvest the money into features people want may be a better approach. I'm just thinking out loud. That will take a lot of thinking and planning on how to best approach that, but I'm all for giving back to the community. Without the fans/followers, many great websites wouldn't exist.