I say bring back the chat. Let the idiots fight with each other there and leave the forums for actually discussing something. This would entail a lot more mod participation and some people might be offended when their post is deleted but they have to realize this is a business and the business has the right to censor THEIR website. It's not a free country, you don't have rights online.
In order to keep the site running NS needs to sell ad space. In order to do that customers (members) have to keep coming back and they won't if something isn't done. No one respects each other anymore and it's just a shit show. Karma did absolutely nothing to help this. NS will die if something isn't done in the future. The core members who built this community are growing up and leaving because they don't want to read this crap anymore. Some of you idiots will say just leave then. Well if you keep telling other members that eventually they will and then who are you going to make fun of from the anonymity of the internet?
Everyone already hates the image of our community at NS. If we don't have a genuine change in attitude here then the site WILL die.