its presumed 'former glory'
Nitpicking my words.
Point is I'd like HTS to be as popular and as robust as it was at its prime.
I would consider that to include modernizing the site and improving or bringing back things that dont get much attention, like the Zine or the Redmine site etc.
Also a less dated Java IRC would be good.
Sending the Zine regularly to registered users on a mailing list would probably help there.
Embedding a different IRC wouldnt be (as far as I know) very difficult.
The only difficult thing might be reprogramming missions and IRC bots, if you even need to.
A simple improvement would be moving the navigation underneath the banner, and creating a modern left-aligned banner.
At least one of the things I've listed could be done in a day.