Personally, I prefer this viewing format for the posts. What's frustrating is that if we could get control of the Board from the (absentee) owner, we could restructure the message area to have an archive.
I think we ride it out here until there is absolutely no alternative but to abandon ship--that may come soon, or not. Clearly we are missing some of the folk who provided impetus for our features and I am not in a position to pick up much slack. I think the folks that are here have a bigger picture viewpoint about noir than what can be seen in most of the other chat areas (and I've lurked at many of them).
If you find a viable alternative that meets the specifications of that sample chat group (which itself seems to be pretty inactive...) then please feel free to report back.