Good post, sir.
I definatly agree on your point about the WOW section. It is ridiculous to have a post added to your meter for a simple 8.5/10.
Also, Yes. For a paying site, something needs to be done about getting members to join. Even a donating section where you pay $5 to get access to premium downloads or something like that.
I like this forum and probably won't ever lose interest in it, even with the way it is currently. But something new and exciting would be nice