The traffic to my forum is strong but so few people contribute anymore. I've wondered about this for a long time. Made all kinds of excuses. But then someone emailed me - they had no earthly idea how to start a topic.
This reminded me; years ago I had my theme customized. The changes were lost with the upgrade.
The custom theme was still on my site though, so I activated it. It seems to work with minor weirdness, as far as I can tell at this point. But we people with forums really need people to participate. I don't think the little + sign quite cuts it (sorry).
Have a peek
Thanks for considering making it easier / more obvious how person might post to a forum. 🙂
Edit... I see errors now, so I may have to change themes. In case that happens, here's a screen shot.