* You're boring
* Don't ask questions that have been asked before
* Put your stuff away and keep it organized
* Its like Windows... things are everywhere not necessarily organized intuitively. So, your example of Reviews are not particular to 1G/2G. It is general.
* Even using search, the results noise is so great, you cannot find the threads easily
* Doesn't explain weird things like Active Topics, not being active topics
* Nowhere is there an explanation why subtopics cannot be shown as activity, which would help users see the thread that SUDDENLY disappeared.
* If someone has a problem with "using" something on the vehicle... its a crap shoot to find PROBLEMS/FIXES/TSBSr it's proper section. Problems is not a vehicle-TYPE as the other topics are organized, so it breaks the organization-decision tree. Your topics should be broken down by the type, each with a problem area.
* There is no sub area for BODY, PAINT, BOX, HITCH, TOWING... Sometimes I don't have a clue where to place. For example, I wanted to know if the Honda primer under black is black or white. Where do I file that? (answer by the way is white from what I can see makes for lovely scratches).
* Terms like Active Topics and Recent Discussions doesn't distinguish things well.
* Recent users like me has taken nearly 5 months of HEAVY usage to understand this layout. An evidently I still don't.
* The site designer should consider placing search operator examples displayed in the search window to explain to the user HOW to break down the search.
* I know the site is ad driven, very ad driven, extremely ad driven, don't ignore that factor when people don't revisit. May not be many, just saying
* Usually like this truck. If one person complains, it might be the person. If several complain, it might be the product.
* Titling the topic.
I sense it's time for a round of drinks. First off, Carsmak, you do an excellent job. Second, these are the problems you want, user activity... it creates Google Indexes and traffic to your site.
EDIT: *** and here is a "thought" for your site designers. Include a "Digress" check box (flag) in the thread. When the users deviate from the topic, flag it. That would allow those comments to COLLAPSE (temporarily hide). And the search operator could include those or not. This would help visitors just see the topic.
I like cornbread, and they should include a heated speedometer.
There see, I do like cornbread, and my current obsession with cornbread has me not thinking clearly about our unheated speedometer... so the topic deviates!, put a check mark by it and collapse it). It is a big design task, but maybe that can start a thought for your designers in the future.