OK, I'm still a newbie at best on this site but these are some ideas I have had in the dome:
Tech Tips - As a newbie learning about a bike hasn't been the best experience. And being on the site looking at you vets talk shop makes it seem like I'm watching the Spanish station. Sure, the ladies are great to look at but I still want to know what they're saying.
Dyno - After my accident I wonder where my bike stands. I would like to have dynos more often if possible.
Long rides - The main thing that hooked me to this site was the welcome I received on the Starved Rock ride. Do more rides!
Introduction Day - This might take a little work and it's just a rough draft kind of idea but I think either once a month or maybe every 2-3 months there should be a 'Welcome Day' for the newbies. We would meet at a location somewhere more central than some far off burb and basically make it like a meet-n-greet sort of deal. I also think that the ADMINISTRATORS should be involved with that (if schedules and busy lives permit) because to some degree I consider you all not just moderators but the leaders in keeping things organized with all members. Be nice to see who you all are!
(I also agree with the Biker Profile on the site circulating every month).
Community Fun? - Basically I'm looking at younger riders and/or teens that want to hop on a bike. We have a section on the site for them and answer questions and show them how NOT to be a squid. I know, I'm searching on this one but hey, there it is.
All in all, I think no matter what ideas come they should be consistant and often. I noticed that when an activity happened it was fantastic. So let's do it a little more. Sure, we don't have to milk ourselves dry. I'm willing to help with whatever I can. I just do the Mon-Fri 9-5 thing. Sure we can all ride our bike whenever we want but sometimes the best ride is having a GOOD EXCUSE to do it. lol
P.S. Not an idea but a question to the admins/moderators - What is being done for the marketing of this site? Because maybe that's something some of us can look into. It can get us more members and/or sponsorship aye? I know this is nothing new but I'm curious about it. Are there maybe bumper stickers or buttons out? Or even just using the net and asking major manufacturers to carry the site. I don't know. I know money is an issue. Again, I'm just throwing it out there. It's almost 2:30 am and the nocturnal in me wants to sleep. Ok, fading out. See ya!