Regarding #1, do you mean people who just commit to posting regularly on the forums, or people who post actual articles here? If that latter, I'm wondering if these forumns are the best way to go. Should we consider moving the entire social side of Christian Geek Central over to Facebook?
Actually, I hadn't clarified in my own mind which one I meant. I think the former would be better as it would be more conversational, and less like the blog itself, but either might help.
As much as I like the media of forums, Facebook might be easier to access for more people. I really know very little about website admin, but doing so might also help you to simplify what it takes to maintain your various sites.
I tend to be reactionary, but perhaps we should bow to reality and jump on the bandwagon that is actually going someplace.
Regarding #2, S&A and Theology Gaming are both mentioned on the SBU podcast each week, along with the other CGC Network members. But the network members don't use their forums here much and more than one of them already have social interaction platforms for their content elsewhere. I'm waiting to hear back from a podcast right now regarding an invite to the network, but pretty soon I plan to propose an alternative to the current forum situation to the other CGC Network members. If they are on board with it there will likely be some kind of change to that part of the forums in the coming weeks.
And they mention they are a part of the CGC, but, as much as I love the guys, maybe they aren't upholding their responsibilities to the CGC fully. Then again, with the lack of traffic on here, maybe they just don't see a purpose in promoting/conversing here.
Going back to a Facebook-centric model might make a big difference, as it makes things much simpler. Both of those podcasts have a presence on FB, and are active posting there, so linking up with a CGC FB group would be almost automatic.
Another issue we might have is the eclectic nature of those who do come around here. Like UKSteve says, he posts on DrWho, Red Dwarf, and ancient video games...none of which really interest me. I don't have anything to add to a conversation on those. However, I could "like" and share one of those posts that I think the wider set of my friends might enjoy if we were on a different setting.
You'll get more negative interactions as well, as we broaden the fishing net, but an active set of moderators could suppress a lot of that.
I guess what I am saying, in sum, is that FB would be a different "business model" but might be a better fit for your goals.