Some of you may not remember this, but there was a time when SHO wasn't sarcastic all the time. Not all the veteran members were jaded pricks who constantly flamed each other, and new members had a little respect for this place. Most of that respect was taken directly from the veteran members, who had respect for it themselves. Unfortunately for all of us, that's changed in the past few years.
As things stand, SHO sucks. I don't like to say it any more than you like to hear it, but there are serious problems here. I'm not talking about the ads, or the lack of themes, but instead about the lack of communication. Our moderators have limited power, and limited authority. We really need a dedicated admin/web developer who can help this site get back on its feet. Disgruntled members aren't good for anyone, and there's nowhere for us to offer suggestions where they'll be heard.
I'm tired of wishing that someone would step up to the plate. It really is time for us to either push our community forward and have an empowered leader or to move on. As it stands, the owners of the site are not willing to put forth any effort to improve this situation (our last Admin I know of was ekool, who disappeared without answering many of the questions we had posed to him).
The end result is that our off-topic section is the only active area (and even that's dwindling), and new traffic isn't being drawn in by the technical articles and build threads that used to exist here.
If you'd like to make a difference, please cast your vote on the poll (all votes are viewable). The choices are simple, but if you have any questions ask them here before casting your vote. If you have suggestions for the site, post a reply. The results of this thread will be sent to the owners of the site, as a petition to turn SHO around and bring it back to what it was when I first joined: a friendly community of Honda enthusiasts.