Hey, a lot of this has to do with the actions I made. I need to do a better job in communicating with everyone (mods and admins included). I think you are right the old forums should be restored (locked from new posts) so important discussions can be moved out of the forums. Then at some point when most of the quality posts have been pruned out we can archive it.
I plan to do a better job communicating and delegating some of the things I have been a slacker with to more of the admins and moderators (and other volunteers that want to help).