As a long time lurker on the old boards, here's my 2 cents to be ignored by the mods as everyone else's has.
I get that ESP is trying to change the perception of this place. Make it more friendly to new users and such, but they are doing it in entirely the wrong ways. This place is falling apart now. I assume that ESP's primary purpose for having a forum is to have a place for people to ask questions and get information about ESP guitars and that having a thriving lulz section is hardly important to them, but if they want to have questions answered they need to keep some lulz.
Unless of course the plan is for ESP personnel to be on hand to answer questions, there needs to be some people who are very knowledgable around, something that for all the (hilarious) bullshit of the old forum, it had in spades. The problem is these knowledgable people aren't going to be asking questions themselves for the most part because they are already informed, and they probably don't spend their days just sitting on the computer waiting for someone to ask them a question they know the answer to. There needs to be something to draw the knowledgable people here and keep them here. While having the Off Topic forum filled with sometimes slightly offensive shenanigans may seem slightly off putting, chances are a lot of the people involved in those shenanigans can answer almost any question about ESPs, and happen to be constantly checking the forum for shenanigans, so they will see and can easily help if someone has a question.
Now the forum is dead. There are maybe 2 posts a day. The old forum was filled with people who could tell you anything about the old '90s ESPs that there was almost no information for anywhere else on the internet who are gone now because why would they stay? There is nothing going on here.
Just saying, I think giving some thought to what the old forum members want may be more lucrative for bringing your vision of this new forum to life than you think.