New forums suffer a chicken and egg problem--nobody wants to join empty forum; but an empty forum will remain empty until people join.
So why should you invest time in this forum?
First, unlike Facebook, Reddit, Google, Twitter or most other popular social networks, Hubzilla is not run by a single corporation. Rather, it's run by a network of volunteers, most of whom are very enthusiastic about decentralized, private services. As a result, you're much less likely to be censored, spied upon, or sold out to governments or advertising companies.
Hubzilla is similar to Mastodon (the software used by switter.at) in that it is a) open source b) allows for federation with hundreds of other Hubzilla hubs (as well as Mastodon, Diaspora, and other federated networks). So when you create an account here, you can use it to login to all of those other networks.
There are no character limits on Hubzilla posts, you can upload photos/videos, and host private chats/private forums, among other things. Hubzilla also has robust identity and privacy controls, so you can control at a very fine grained level who can see your posts.
Second, Hubzilla is designed to be censorship resistant. The forum can be synced to multiple hubs easily, so that if one clone is shutdown (either due to censorship or technical problems), the forum can continue on another hub exactly as before.
Third, Huzilla is designed to prevent lockin. If you don't like how things are run here, you can create a forum just like this very easily on another hub. Moreover, you easily clone your personal account to the new hub, and all your connections, posts, and articles will be imported.
So, I hope you'll stay and participate in the community!
Here's how to join:
To subscribe, you'll have to create an account first.
In the upper left corner of this page, you should see a link that says "Register". Click the link.
Enter your email and password, and check the box "Yes" for the Terms and Service
A confirmation email will be sent, which has a verification code in it. Enter the code on the Hubzill site to confirm your email address.
Once you've created an account, create a channel. You'll probably want a "Mostly Public" : Social networking channel.
Once you've created a channel, come back to this page!