I find this forum .. interesting
What holds it back is the lack of specifics allowed in posts ( I do understand why )
If search terms were allowed in the SEO forums that would be good .
I don't mind conferences being promoted - even if they are never in Europe anymore :) I also follow the boss on twitter.
There is more competition - but do we want to be like Goggle's ranking forum - with stupid insults and 'your web site is rubbish' comments, often where a person's $10 a day income makes a real difference to them ?