Perhaps the last important change to channels I've got to suggest is including the number of players in a channel in the channel tab and sorting by most players. Channels with a small number of players are almost without exception dead, whereas those with a higher number of players are usually more active and worth visiting. The official channels on PO Main have specific purposes and plenty of people anyway so won't be affected, but allowing users to quickly get an idea of activity in a channel will make it much easier for the other non-official channels to grow to a reasonable size. Having other mid-size channels (smaller than Tohjo with it's 50 people talking at once, but bigger than the 5 friends who are not usually around. So there are few enough that you can have a real conversation most of the time, but big enough that there are actually others there) will encourage subcommunities to develop using the chans system, make main chans easier to mod, and provide more choice for users.