"What is the RISC OS community doing about it? Not a thing."
If Stuart has seen the newsgroups he'd notice how Drobe have been pushing for people who started websites to live up to their responsibilities to keep them active and alive.
Also, I noticed Nutshells via Google:
Sorry but if you start a site then it's your responsibility to keep it going and active. As the article above says there have been numerous news and resource sites started in a frenzy of enthusiasm which are then abandoned and it's more often than not through loss of the same enthusiasm.
The problem I suspect with Cybervillage was that at around the time Stuart was asking for help, a plethora of other news sites were springing up most of which seem to have stagnated or disappeared.