I agree that one segment of our audience that suffers with the recent changes is fans of other teams that occassionally visit the board. I did my best to account for this in the original ORG member list by giving access to a few of our long-time contributors who are fans of other teams (as well as valued users of the site), but that obviously doesn't account for new members.
Personally, I like RedsManRick's idea - create a new visitors forum where all registered members can access, but only those who are infrequent visitors to the site (whatever that reason may be) would be able to start new threads. The example that M2 provided (an Indians fan who wants to discuss the upcoming Reds-Indians series) fits this category, as does TangoTiger
. Everyone would be able to respond to threads that the visitors create.
This forum would not be used for ORG/SunDeck members to post non Reds related baseball discussion; those threads would remain in the appropriate baseball forum. It would only be used to give those who infrequently visit the board (fans of other teams and other special instances an opportunity to interact with all forum members.