To be fair, though, forums take a lot of work at times. Haha. Though with smaller communities they’re handled pretty easy. I should know, I own and solo operate the entire http://armoredcoreuniverse.net/ domain (ignore home/arena they’re junk placeholders). It’s always really hard to break off of a much larger site like SRK and establish yourself, though, and eventually lower activity can totally kill any smaller site you make. It’s definitely got its benefits though.
I actually like the 3S site, especially the newest blog. Haha. One thing I will suggest that will help a bit is to VERY SLIGHTLY turn up the text color so it’s closer to white. NOT A LOT or you will give people bar vision where they see lines everywhere they look after they look away from the screen. It’s a side effect of dark backgrounds and bright text, but at the same time you want to insure it’s bright enough to be very easy to read for everyone.
I’ll probably submit a replay of me getting blown up or something so you can guys can trash it and have fun or something, maybe it’ll spark some more kids submitting there. I really like the idea behind that as I think it’ll be a good method of drawing in activity.