First and foremost you need to make things available for "All" to participate in. I absolutely despise clicking and only a handful can comment.
If you want answers then free it up for everyone,not just "Special" members......."Whatever the heck that means."
If you really are interested in building things up,then don't tie members hands behind their backs in taking part. That in my opinion isn't needed in any of the sections and threads. I can see having a section for The Admins to lay out the Rules or Special Announcements,but the remaining sections should be free for "All" members to post in.