It's definitely frustrating with the decline in activity, and I agree with Chief, this isn't the only place. I've been on here nearly daily for the last eight years, but have noticed my frequency becoming less and less. A lot of the main instigators of fun have moved on, or forced in time out, or haven't been in a kayak in years and the forum was more of a social thing as opposed to yaks or fishing. I try and post up fishing trips, camping trips, and vids as much as I can, even though I can't get out like I want. For those who also do that know how much time and effort it can take. And when you get little to no response at all after all your efforts, it's hard to get motivated to go to all that trouble. I just always enjoyed giving someone a break from the daily grind for a few little bits and take them along on our trip, like so many had done for me. So yeah, it sucks, this place not being the first thing that gets opened in the morning like before. But that's just how things go. I don't mind change at all, it's inevitable, and maybe the change to the look of the site was to try and rejuvenate a declining forum, I don't know. I personally don't care for it. Not just the look, but the functionality of it. But if it helps bringing in folks and more posts, then i'll deal with it.
I still read BB's ramblings on facebook, and meet up with Bigrock every few weeks at the end of the chips and soda aisle at HEB. I still yak, fish, photo, write, and laugh at my own farts. I guess some things don't change.