Chinawhite, thanks for the input!
If you want flame wars, I suggest you try some chat room. No body keeps a record of it as forums do in form of threads. Flame wars, after a while get very boring and is not something one should be proud of. You insult others, get your self insulted - how good is that? Instead of exchanging information and ideas, exchanging curse words is fun to some people and believe that such behaviour from members forum a great forum.
Flame wars, insults right and left, country bashing is unprofessional, immature and out right absurd reason to join a forum. Ever read rules? Every site has rules and only very very very few implement it fully.
Too much intervention from moderators may not be good but in certain cases it is needed because we want people to discuss rather than dig up dirt on each other and turn a forum into a circus ground.
As far as promotion of the site, well it is linked on the site and I think since the forum is fairly new (started in late august 2005) it will take time for it to be known out there like many other forums. I think, the forum link and latest threads from the forum can be placed on the main page/site (like on main page of defencetalk.com see defence community area) on sinodefence.com so people see the links and click... but that is something only dongfeng can do.
I am doing what I can as far as backend and Search Engine Optimization so search engines can find all of our posts and it shows up on the radar. No different than what was and is being done with DefenceTalk and results (last month the results were 6000 or so, now went up to 10,000 ) are starting to show already. It will certainly take time to get out there and for forums it takes longer and when you set a high standard for a forum, in the long run you end up with a quality forum with quality posters and everyone wants to come and read your stuff and be a member of the site... strict forums take time to fly and this forum is not as strict, and many times it gets too strict in a wrong way. Which needs to be worked on. :-\
If you want to help this site and forum, then help us get out there rather than leaving.