What if you created a blog (I did) on the new Insiders and nobody read it or commented? Or you made a poll and very few people responded with votes? (I did)That is the heart of the matter, the problem with this new site: no one does much but send comments or respond to comments, mostly non-travel related ones, and these other features are left dangling. Lots of noise, little light.
Reminds me of the luxury car that I once rented that had so many totally useless gadgets so I did not even try to use them. Gave it back the and settled for something simpler.
I think a LOT has to do with how this site requires a person to navigate.
By default, when a person does a Browse, it is set to ALL (on left) and All Content (at the top) and Sort By Latest Activity (descending) (at top-right). Because of the amount of activity that can happen between visits, it is almost a requirement to independently select the Blog Posts, Documents, Discussions, and Polls separately or these items get buried deep within the All Content. If doing a poll, it is also recommended to use the additional filtering.
Perhaps this is an appropriate time to put on record my thanks to all those who work so hard to sustain this site.
Many of the challenges they face are listed in your Para 4: Anadyr mentions others. In addition, I sense that there are two fault lines running through the Site which significantly limit its actual usage, still less potential growth. The first is that so much of the traffic through the Site is not "repeat business". Inputs/questions represent an essentially short-term, instrumental interest: even if answered, they are unlikely to promote a sustained involvement. The second - more difficult to articulate ( and likely to get me blackballed) - is that the potential take-up of the Site's opportunities/services necessarily reflects the definition of Marriott's core marketplace: the USA. That is not to say that none move outside this sphere of interest - this Site offers clear examples to the contrary - but it is to suggest that the majority don't. The result is that the extent to which " outsiders" (in the non-perjorative sense of the term) find that the scope for active involvement is restricted.
Be all that as it may, I still greatly value the Site for what it continues to offer: a "broad church community" to learn from and interact with.