I've been thinking about the "problem" with Tapas as a forum community and I think I see where the wall is. When I mention "problem" I mean the complaint that the forums are redundant and not as "engaging". I think the issue is we have a higher ratio of more broad topics than topics addressing specific tasks. General Critiques, share threads, collabs and motivational discussions are great, but we don't share a lot of specific problem solving topics like you'd see on stackoverflow. And I think it's also the reason we have so many diversity issues in terms of subjects, themes, and popculture.
If I had a specific art problem (aside from wanting to quit) "would tapas be one of my first forums to check with?" Sadly, no unless I was feeling melodramatic and wanting to vent. And to be honest, I spend more time here than any other forum. But it's often mindless searching hoping something insightful or entertainment.
That's okay, but at some point, in order for tapas to grow I think it comes down to regular community members to getting more involved in the culture. I'm want to try to start posting about very specific but common problems related to art, tools, strategies.