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Over-emphasising one group over the other can be a big problem, but while the needs of these user types are very different, they aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. I've tended to try to look at what the key 'conversions' are for each user type at each level of the community. For the 90%, that might be to search or to browse a widget of related content, for the 9% it could be to register or to create a topic and for the 1% it could be to find topics with unread comments. By mapping those key conversions you can plan your hierarchy of page elements to make sure all user types are as well catered for as possible.
Another key insight that a wise man shared with me years ago, is to not fall into the trap of focusing too much on the journey from the homepage. Most visitors will land deep in the community on a topic page after a Google search (especially the 90%), so those pages require at least as much as attention when it comes to UX as the homepage.