David here - the one and only administrator. I couldn't agree with you more.
As you may have found I set this site up in 2009 to help handle all the enquiries that were coming from the first (circa 2000) website about northern Tanzania (www.nTZ.info) in the hope that it would look after itself.....
It's not help by being swamped by trolls, and you will have noticed a lot of spam postings and a members list full of strange people. At the new year, I think, I cleared them all out, and hope that all the members are now genuine - but many still "hide" behind nicknames making it hard to recognise people that you might know. Not sure what to do about that.
Still get about 5 people a day trying to sign up, ignoring the advise to choose a username which is not a jumble of letters and numbers, and to make sure your dates in TX make sense.
I suspect that the forum is not so easy to use, especially for people of our generation (school in TZ in the 1950's), and I have to say that the look and feel of the site is a bit dated. Your post is an incentive to me to see if I can freshen it up with a new look. These days it has to work on everything from big screens to small phones, with tablets in between. I'm stuck a little with the system I committed to 6 years ago (Simple Machines Forum software) so am constrained by what is available. Similarly I need to update nTZ.info - the software behind that has totally broken!
I'm tempted to take them all down, but as you will see from the stats the Forum gets about 70 thousand hits a months. 1.8 million in 2014. And nNZ.info had just under 100 thousand vists last year, which is not bad for a website that hasn't been updated for nearly 10 years (the history and the content is all still good!).
Any suggestions you, or anyone else, might have about how to regenerate interest in our past, and help encourage contact between people with that past in common, will be very welcome.