In my view - kinda like the smog alerts in SoCal...haaazy, man! - I think outsiders view this dying thread as having little life left. But that would be (potentially) a mistake and the wrong point of view. For me it's about the afterlife in the thread, held together by friendship among us, and the spirit of our beloved brother.
Further, the juice from getting the thread back on track can help stave off dementia. There you have it folks, your PSA for today!