>add /dmz/ to the sidebar, or maybe even merge it with /t/
I support /dmz/ being visible, but I think that if we're to add /dmz/ to the side bar, it be on its own. Preferably with a clear NSFW tag. I may speak for myself, but I like the difference between /t/ and /dmz/, and I like how they are used differently. I like how /t/ is slower as some threads would have been difficult to tackle had it been fighting the board movement speed of /dmz/.
As said by others before, OPchan does seem to need slower boards because a lot of the (older) users can't really keep up with the posting rates. I'm NOT saying all slow boards are good. Obviously having nobody posting anywhere for days is bad, but having a slow board where threads can last a bit longer is IMO better for the overall quality of the site. Were /k/ to get faster, I would rejoice, but I would also request /st/ to be reinstated as a posting board. /st/ would again allow for longer-term projects that would get eaten up by a fast-moving /k/. The past few months have been in a weird limbo where /k/ is slow enough to have long-lasting threads, but have some new content posted just a little too slowly (as I seem to notice new posters come and go, thinking the site is dead as it has no new posts for a few hours or a day while that's just normal for us) and the balancing act is not really sustainable.
>they all seem kind of set up to fail and hopefully drive traffic our way.
I'm not sure that the complete crash of sites, that are on some level containment zones, would be all good. I browse /k/inder a lot, I have three or four threads of 4chan /k/ open right now. 4ch/k/ and OPchan are simply different boards to me, and serve different posting purposes. I often notice 4ch/k/ posters that would probably do well here, but they either don't know we exist, or peek in and think the board is dead when again, it's just slow as usual.
tl;dr Do I want more posters? Yes. Do I think getting much more traffic would require a bit of re-fiddling of the boards? Also yes.