KawaseFan, in order to encourage a plethora of more interesting topics and better writing, do you think you should start with a "Member of the Month" section?
I imagine good criteria for Member of the Month would be something like quality over quantity in posts, the start of interesting topics or discussions, or something that positively impacts the Umihara Kawase games or community. It should not just be superficial things like "most frequent member". That's silly.
I can think of downsides to this. MOM awards might not go to people like Kintyorru, an amazing player who is very active in producing high-quality superplays and tutorials, yet he isn't a frequenter on these forums. Plus, there might be too few active members and the same handful of people (me, you, Texh, Sol-Alpha, and a few others) might run away with the awards month after month after month. Plus there shouldn't be any sort of favor or immunity privileges or anything- that would just encourage abuses of power such as going ban-crazy or harassing others like in so many other forums.
Oh, and it shouldn't be more than an ancilliary feature on the site- nothing that gets all that much trumpeting.
Or don't do it. Your call.