If I knew how to hack, I feel like this site would be VERY easy to hack(it's security features are old as shit).... But that's neither here nor there.
The problem with most new forums is like Bada said: everyone acts like they'll start visiting, but never actually do. It will literally take KMC 404'ing for anyone to permanently jump ship. That's a fact.
...And everyone seems to want 'teh mod powa!!!!' on new sites, for some stupid reason. If it were me, I'd keep the same layout as current KMC(albeit with the extras you see on most forums these days), x-port over most of the noteworthy threads, keep the same mods(the ones who still want to be mods, at least), and let THEM decide who else should be 'modded'... And I'd most definitely give one of the globals access to the Admin side of things, just in case I went full-Raz.
"I want you to know failure, utter defeat,
and that it is I who delivers it crashing down upon you."
Good summation. And why anyone would willingly want to mod is beyond me. Bada and PR are goddamn saints, among the handful of others who have stuck around who deserve similar praise.
I'm functionally retired, so I don't actually think of myself as a mod anymore (I ban/close the odd sock or spam thread, but that's it). But like, aside from using my position as leverage to get the respect forum created years ago, there's been precious little worthwhile in my decade or so of moddom, at least none that wouldn't have been the same as a regular member. There's literally no power trip, unless you're content to be stupid for about a day until you get stripped of your powers. Though I will say it prepped me faster than regular membership would have for dealing with trolls both online and irl, which is no small skill.
If I saw the endgame in the form of either ad revenue that would justify the work, or a markedly better forum that people would actually go to, it might be different. Or a decade ago when I had nothing but free time. As it is, this thread's attempt at going streaking down to the Quads was about as successful as it was in the movie.