Okay, maybe I can add something besides my usual charm... LOL
Yes, 594 is an issue and definitely contributed to the decline of our forum. That being said, I think Norm hit the nail on the head with regard to issues with the mechanics of the site being the catalyst. I know a lot of folks where were very frustrated when the site wasn't loading properly, timing out, chat was broken and it seemed like it was going on and on without getting the attention that some, including myself, thought it should warrant.
It was especially troubling, since we were paying money, albeit a small amount, monthly to have access to our forum and still have issues. I know that Norm was working on solutions, and as he has said, didn't exactly have the experience necessary to resolve all the issues.
IF we are going to make a concerted effort to revive this place that we all love being a part of, it will take suggestions and help from all of us, not just finger pointing and frustration. :)
I know I have done more than my fair share of complaining, and you all are welcome to call me on that. However, I think that if we put our heads together, we can come up with a legitimate plan to try and bring in new members, create new interest in the site and make this place enjoyable again for everyone's benefit. We are completing with Waguns, facebook, armslist and who knows where else.
Maybe those of us who are interested, could get together for a few beverages and put a plan together? I know that I am willing to do what I can to help.