I’ve been working on an UGSMAG re-design for the past few weeks and the message board question has come up. If we do end up bringing back the forums, they will be better integrated into the overall site than the old versions were:
Forum topics would be generated for each ugsmag article, replacing the current unused comment system. Customizable member pages (soundcloud players, instagram feeds, + more). Other community features (buddy/friend members, post articles, videos, audio, etc to your own member page, activity feed to view all member posts (think facebook feed/wall).