This latest restructure looks to me like a desparate 'clutching at straws' and a lust for a time-gone-by when this was the busiest and greatest music forum on the web.
It's intersting to me that many of the opinions of the user community at that time have been vindicated by this latest move.
I wish you all the luck with it.
I would also like to raise the point that a web forum, far from 'not' being a democracy, is possibly the finest example of a working democracy. If the constituents don't like it they just leave. The actions of the 'government' have an immediate and visceral affect and this is refelcted in the traffic. The 'traffic' being the defining factor in the success or railure of a forum.