I personally think the design doesn't make much difference,
What do you guys think the advantages are of using a proper forum rather than just a car club on Facebook?
Do you think it's an advantage having mobile access/apps on tablets and smartphones?
The forums or car clubs on Facebook only allow people to post information to be read by others, they don't provide other an home grown advice or experience,
A forum or message board, Facebook etc. There all like a mobile phone or email account,
They don't supply information themselves they are a tool which enables people to communicate with each other more easily
They are nothing without the people who use them and provide the information.
So bottom line for a forum
If the information is easily found and you have reliable members who can provide information to others then it works well
And people will come regardless of Facebook or forum,
If its the place where most information is being provided then that's where people will go.
The forum providing a downloadable app allowing people to communicate to each other more easily will grow a forum because those who are experienced can relay there information on the forum more easily and almost 24/7 further growing the forum as being the hub for information on a particular subject.