~Update: I think it's all working now! :) ~
After thinking about it for awhile, I thought I'd try something new here on Heaving Dead Cats. I installed BuddyPress, a plugin that extends how we can all use the site.
So if you register, or have already (I think), you can create a profile, post messages, make connections with other users, and interact in groups.
There is a grey navigation bar at the top of the page for easy access to everything.
I set up a forum too, but I'm not sure how to access it yet. I'll be playing around with it and tweaking it for awhile so if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, or if you know how to get the most out of BuddyPress, please let me know!
Last week I wrote up some Rules and Guidelines for Participating on HDC. This is the starting point for how to use the site now that it's expanded. The rules will be changed as needed to create the best environment for everyone.
Enjoy and please give me feedback.