I've run nntp servers before, admittedly 15 years ago - but a simple single server "islanded" setup is not hard in itself.
I am not proposing adding to the USENET hierarchy - I'm proposing a single server. The traffic and number of users is low enough for that to work.
We could moderate and kill OT stuff and obnoxiousness whist whitelisting anyone who posts reasonable stuff;
Could keep all the leeching web portals off, by force if necessary;
I/we have to run a server;
Some people have to be willing to moderate;
Would we need our own properly done web portal to make it popular and capture new blood?
Opinions please :)