Since the forum is so broken, how about setting up a totally new forum using another software (eg BBS)? And leave the current one as “archive” (and tell people to search inside it for old messages…. if the search function works…..)
I’m looking at it, but haven’t found something that meets my “keep it simple” requirement yet.
I’m very interested in Discourse (http://www.discourse.org/) but it’s very new, and I couldn’t run it on the VM that hosts these forums – it’s too resource hungry. When they provide a hosted version that would be a good solution – I’m tempted to offload all the hosting for pnotepad to lower time-cost solutions.