Sometimes a clean break is exactly what is needed.
History is great as a teacher but the burning point of life, this moment right now, is what is real and most important.
In other words: Go ahead and make the upgrade and we ALL can begin again together.
The words on a server might be lost but the knowledge and experience resides in all of us.
Fix the real problem, the old software, now to insure the future of this wonderful site.
Lets not let fear of what will be lost blind us to the value of what is yet to come.
We can ALL (Life, M, and free guests) rebuild the forums together.
My two cents.