Hi Trickster. I'm not a very active member, however, during my lazy meanderings through the internet I have made some highly inconclusive observations on a few linux related sites that lead me to believe that LJR is doing OK for a site of its size.
I was just looking at some of the sites that the LJR homepage links to and in some cases what I find is that some sites are low activity with very few recent forum postings and dated help-related HOW-TOs/docs. This is one extreme.
Other sites are doing very well with >100,000 members and so many recent posts that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with spme of the threads.
For a site with a relatively small member base LJR seems reasonably active. Granted, much of the discussion is between a fairly small sub-group of members and frequency of posting is sometimes low, but LJR is still an interesting place to hang out. As I have said before this forum is the only one that I find enjoyable enough to visit on a semi-regular basis and to actually submit posts.
Not sure if I'm addressing any of your concerns Trickster but I felt strongly enough about the issues raised in your post to offer my $0.02