I have nothing against the current forum... let's get that out of the way. I love it.
What I would like to suggest is to elevate the group into a more formal organization. I was going to post in the "paid membership card" thread, but I thought that maybe my idea could incorporate that and take it further.
Here is my idea:
1. Paid membership to encourage greater participation. When something is free, it is often taken for granted. Fees can be small.
2. No aliases used... complete name appears in the forums. This would promote greater transparency among members, more trust in the community, etc.
3. Promote philmug as the Apple users advocacy group - so we get sweeter deals from suppliers, etc. and our opinions are given more value.
What do you think? Please don't shoot me! The Apple user community is growing, so I think we should do more to get it formally organized.