I am an experienced (10y) gang stalking TI, and have moved past the emotional issues. I continue to post to both peacepink and FCHS with helpful information about disguises, free computer programs, electronics, DIY security devices, and many other issues in hopes I can help victims. It would be SO much easier if SVS got off its dead *** and devoted some REAL attention to the target audience - stalking victims - and their needs. I keep plugging away at SVS with posts because the site format and commitment to oust perps are excellent, and I'd like to see SVS up and working to its potential.
IMHO, it would be most helpful if SVS would try to focus on new members, and keeping them involved and active. Put yourself in the shoes of a new visitor to SVS and ask yourself what experience makes them leave and not return.
As a suggestion, why don't you seek out some of your more trusted experienced past members. Set up a "welcome committee" to directly contact (via private email addy) each and every new member and make them feel welcome. As it is now, new members coming here for the first time find a BIG EMPTY ROOM, with no one to listen; it a wasted effort to post under these conditions.
You might also appeal to these experienced past members to begin carrying on conversations on the forum. This will not only help draw new members into ongoing conversations, but will give the appearance to new members that SVS is not a DEAD site. If you can't find any past members who are willing to help, set up 20 memberships and start carrying on conversations with yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Further, on the main forum page you might want to "suspend" your prominent use of dates of a last post until you can get the site a bit healthier. Anyone who comes here wants to see indications that if they post, there will be someone at SVS who will read what they have to say. If someone new comes here and sees that the last post was anywhere from 2 months to 5 years ago, they are likely to consider this a DEAD site, and move on in their search for a sympathetic ear, and help with coping.
Another issue on SVS has been dead links. On several past occasions I have attempted to contact SVS people and received absolutely no response, or the links were dead. If this site is for TIs, we need to be able to openly communicate at all levels.
As an aside, if a new member posts comments of a critical nature regarding the SVS site, do not allow an older member to jump on the back of that new member and follow them around with the intent to monitor and be critical of all the new member's posts. It is my understanding that only moderators have that privilege. With actions of this nature, it is little wonder why a new member would feel unwelcome, leave, and not return.
Start paying attention to your target audience. Your focus on site mechanics and strict rules and regulations might need to be tempered just a bit, so you can focus on the needs of TIs. Without TIs, you have a DEAD site - no matter what your intent.