I'm about the same age you are.
But there's no excuse except laziness for the "forum" being in the state it's in. It's really ridiculous. I guess people here don't go to other places so they don't know any better - or for some reason they have different tastes than the majority of the internet's population - but really, if you look around, it's not difficult to implement boards better than this. Sub forums, OT, private messaging, thread tracking - you can find all these features and more for free.