At yesterday's Brickset symposium, myself and the staff members present ( @Martin
decided to officially launch the forum.
It's been in beta for around 2 months,during which time we wanted to determine whether (a) it would be a fun and worthwhile place to hang out, (b) it would have a positive or detrimental effect on the main site and (c) if we could moderate it successfully and without too much effort.
I think you'll agree that it is a fun and worthwhile place, which is partly because you're a great bunch of people who all behave and we don't have to do very much moderation at all, and also because there are some really excellent discussions going on, the likes of which you don't tend to find on other forums.
Personally I can't now imagine Brickset without it, and visiting it has become part of my daily routine. We did wonder at first whether there was a need for it, and whether there was room on the 'net for another LEGO forum, but I think its success so far has proved that there is on both counts.
The age limit will remain at 16, which is definitely one of reasons the forum is such a success, and for that reason I won't be announcing going live on the main site as it will only cause consternation among those under that age and a barrage of comments.
So, welcome to the Brickset forum, which is here to stay!
(I've posted this in 'brickset.com' and not 'announcements' to enable you to comment on it.)