[quote name='master412160' date='08 July 2010 - 12:48 PM' timestamp='1278589732' post='6264']
I expect a general discussion forum to be where you can discuss TV, music, shows, food, all of it and not in an of topic forum but in several forums.
So you wouldn't join a forum that just had an off-topic section? Imo, it would make it more likely that I would join. I'm joining the niche forum to talk about the niche, I want most of the posts about the niche not half of the fourms off-topic.
And yes, I would expect something different. There are hundreds of similar sites, although if you want to be a smaller community being the same will keep some activity, standing out and having a twist WILL bring in more members.