Just poking around here, I don't see any of the old gang except for kurt_w and snoqueen, who seem to be keeping the conversation level above sea level, without much help from anyone else.
jjoyce is always good. Props for starting this thread. I think this thread itself is a great example of why the forum is decrepit, actually.
But what can you do? You can't save it alone. Charge a monthly fee and make people use their real names. That's about it.
Politics is sort of jumping, though hardly what I would expect at this time and place in history.
Music section is totally dead, which used to be lots of fun. What, no one likes music anymore? Weird.
Whole thread on Umami with almost nothing on the food. Hm. Some guy calling the owners Japs. Whoa.
Time for a reboot? Shut it down to the public. Make it invite-only. Hand pick your Noah's Ark of users. Try to get some of the charming, insightful, eloquent, funny users back by reaching out personally. This lot is mostly morose and obtuse.
Anyhow, good luck. I mean it! This board used to be awesome.