Best hidden open secret
I've been a member of El Reg for many years and never even noticed these "User Topics" forums. I see they get very little traffic, which isn't surprising really if the average reg reader doesn't notice they exist.
It's been a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. Forums started quietly and we decided not to publicize them too much, which meant they stayed quiet, so we didn't publicize them too much, which meant..
There might be a rejig. Fewer sub-sections to focus everyone in one place. More showing on the front page. We'll see. Right now, it's mostly tech support for accounts and commenting.
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