.....in order to really help our users stay truly active and engaged, we could really use the following features:
Ability to quote others. Sometimes people may want to quote 2 or more people in a message.
Ability to create areas for certain members, admin/moderator forum section for example that normal members can not view or see at all. Only shows for admin/mods.
Multiple moderator tiers with different permissions for each tier.
Ability to create forum sponsor areas. These would be members that pay (monthly) in order to have their own special section of forum to post to sell things and no one else can make posts in their area but comments should be allowed though.
Ability to Private Message. Website owner should have access to private messages to ensure nothing inappropriate is taking place.
Ability to suspend members from certain forum categories.
Ability to tag members of my forum
Ability to give certain members (sponsors or people allowed to advertise products in my forum) some kind of rating system.
There needs to be a section for Trending or Happening Now. It would be a section that shows maybe the 10 or 20 newest posts, so that people don't have to go sifting though every category to find the new stuff.
The ability to customize the sizes of individual categories in card format. 4 smalls should fit in 1 large box. It would be nice to put the important categories as big cards and the less important as small cards. On desktop only. That would be too busy for mobile format.
A "Bio" section in each members page would be nice.
Some kind of tiered trophy system for loyal forum members would be nice too. You could do little icons beside their profile picture or a small banner under their profile name that shows up on posts also. For example: after your members get 50 likes on a post you, they get a trophy, and when they receive it they get a message that says something like Your Liked A Lot! or People Really Like You! People Are Crazy For You!. And then 100, then 200, then 400, and so on. probably stop counting at 1000. But each tier would get a cool new little icon. This would help members stay engaged.
I really don't mean for this to sound like a list of demands lol. I am an idea guy so I just think of all the ways we could help our customers stay engaged.