Hey Bob - good to hear from you. I retired from that (the hot dog selling) several years ago. We are not living on an island anymore, but a large peninsula - Italy.
About the format - registration is a must have nowadays - and that old system did not support it. The old forum is actually not even functional anymore since our last server upgrade, so I am glad I switched when I did. I think it was more the timing being a coincidence of the rise of other sites, especially TripAdvisor, getting into the forum business. We had a lot of people register at first and there was still some usage, but it has really slowed down the last year or so.
I am hoping that people may trickle back to us as a non-corporate alternative in the future. We have a lot of plans for the site. We'll see!
Anthony for Caribbean-On-Line