Administrators and staff making an effort to personally and individually greet all new members has worked for me with establishing a report with new users, and user loyalty in the past. Run-on-sentence aside, it's great to do.
I have many programming contacts from previous projects. The idea of forum hosting for clans is very viable. I'm sure we all play games where we could contact clans to get them a free forum that they may be interested in.
Is there multiple threads with this title or something? I feel like something weird is going on? :/
Anyways, private messaging new members is a great touch. I know there are mods that will automatically send a private message to each new user. You may want to look into this, Austin. (Since I don't know your username and am too lazy to scroll up...I'm fairly certain it's something complicated)
I just went through the introductions forum and noticed we missed out on a lot of great potential. I've PM'd some of these members we over looked and replied to some threads. Hopefully we can get some of them back.