Its interesting to read and even though I don’t post alot here, i do come here to read and I agree that the main focus of this place seems to be "How do I get in the games industry?" or "What tool should I use here?"
I was actually only thinking of approaching a few people I know about a joint project as we were all graduates of IT Carlow’s Game Development Course but few enough of us went into the games industry afterwards.
I think a joint project could actually help this place alot, people could get experience working with tools and teams, people could bulk up their CV’s and with the amount of talent around here, it’s hard to imagine how we couldn’t come up with an impressive end product.
As for the forums themselves, that doesn’t bother me too much but I must make more of an effort to get to the gd shindigs :D