I can also agree with the boot camp comment, though i've also seen some anime forum's in the past thrive(as far as sticking to their content) without have some type of Off Topic/Chat thingy.
As far as the gallery mods are concerned, i've recently started commenting of most sigs, and fanart works more frequently and just by doing that, i get the impression it would encourage some activity(also doing my job cleaning/moving/renaming etc., ).i could care less about forum power anymore., i rarely to never use it because of the boot camp reign, most things are already dealt with. there's no real need for the power but that would mean the reg.mods would give up their powers on the gallery too)
i was never part of the "old days" and quite fed-up hearing about it too.The only good part of the time when i joined was the amount of graphics activists and decent people to converse with.
I wouldn't mind seeing this place ease up and pull through on things promised already, shall i join your conquest?
One thing i would have changed is....start releasing unlicensed anime via an AO Fansub? haha
oh and pay the staff XD