(The only problem with bringing my friends in is that most of them don't really go on forums so I don't really like to explain it a lot. >>)
I like the idea for fan threads, and critique threads, though. It really is nice to see people getting a long and not hating people because of what they like or dislike. The idea for fan threads and rant threads is good, imo, because loving something actually brings you together. I go on a Lady Gaga fan site, and I've met some really nice friends on there. I think that it would break up cliques and would stop people from sterotyping people.