They're not, though. The same thing I mean. Word games is pure spam. Writing, if Nadeshiko gets it up and running (she just very recently became a moderator) is meant to be more of a forum for writing and not spam games. It's a hope that it might even be a place to discuss books, fanfic, writing techniques, and other writing topics.
Given the types of word games you do have though ( word association ), I think it would be a good fit for a general creative writing board. You can remove post count from sub-boards.
As you two are (were) talking about the Word Games board, I'm shifting through it now and I actually think it needs to be cleaned up before being moved anywhere. Word Games (to my understanding) is supposed to be, well, forum games that you play with words. However, I'm seeing topics that are not even game-related. For example, "What is the computer of your dream", "AMV", "How did you find jCafe?", etc.
I suppose that really the important point is not what the specific topics are for now, but how boards should be moved and such. However, I do think cleaning up the boards should be done as it is similar to mislabeling posts on a blog. People search a tag like "cloud" and expect to see posts about clouds, not about cooking.
Also, a lot of people who post in the Writing forum like the idea of writing and expressing themselves, but lack the technique. Actually, technique is something that usually gets ignored by beginners at writing. I want to try and stress the importance of that. Perhaps, I should post more on the "Improving Your Writing" thread and unlock it. Therefore, other members can post and ask questions.
To add to your thought about "Improving Your Writing", I know of a thread on FF.Net that someone uses to give a "How To" or various grammar and writing style tips. Maybe it would be a good idea to make a sub-board for tips that answer general, frequent questions or help users understand common mistakes and how to avoid them. If you're interested in the thread, PM me and I'll link you (and I could try to help you with ideas if you'd like =D)
I think that there's a lot that our user base disagrees on (for instance, I am firmly pro-choice and I know for a fact that there are some on jCafe that would automatically label me a "baby killer" for that). I just don't think that we talk about it like we could (and therefore be viewable). It's something for the debate forum or Headlines (hell, Opinion if that's what you'd like to term it (Headlines and Opinion? I just tossed a topic into Headlines that I could have easily thrown into debate with some different framing)).
that the things that most people disagree on are extremely sensitive topics and may usually end up in a serious fight amongst members (depending on how sensitive people are), which leads to people leaving or silverado/infyquest having to resolve the issue and warn everyone. I believe it has happened before, but I'm not overly sure.
For me, I have no problem talking about controversial issues as long as no one takes personal shots at me. I do, however, have a problem saying my own opinion if I think someone is going to be butthurt about it and throw a tantrum at me because if I do say it and I do get that reaction, I will be an extremely less-than-pleasant person which isn't good. Given certain past issues with people getting angry everywhere, it really does sort of reduce the motivation/want to include my own opinion on sensitive topics.
All of my other posts have been very long. Just like this one. I have a very stream of consciousness writing style. I'm not certain if you really want to read a 2,000 word thesis; those tend to be just as scary. If you really, really want me to post up, than sure, but its a shit ton. Besides, generally, I am more interested in other people's ideas than my own.
Personally, I'd love it if you wrote a 2,000 word thesis. (Well, maybe not LOVE it) Its incredibly easier to actually be motivated to reply by long posts as opposed to "Here's a video/question, now throw what you think at me!". For someone like me, I'll just reply with a "...Um... I don't know..."
Also, usually when posts are short, I will tend not to reply because I just don't know what to say anymore, other than "XD That's great!" or just 1 emoticon, which is ridiculously pointless and only serves to piss me off.
I like the idea of a scavenger hunt. I do think, however, tying it to uploads would result in a lot of frustration and spam (and thus more frustration).
Building on Nadeshiko's idea of a scavenger hunt, maybe jCafe should have more (for lack of a better phrase) "forum events"? We did have a jCarnival one time and I thought that was fun. We could even have rewards for people that win certain games, but the rewards will have to depend on who will/can participate in the events. It could be possible to try to tie it in to Winny Club, but I don't have any idea how.
On another note, everyone keeps posting before I can finish my one post...