I am very happy to see LifeType still around.
Back in 2004 when I first starting using pLog I was not in my learning phase.
After I left, I studied and taught myself php coding.
I then made my own custom cms in which I ran several complete different websites.
Several of those websites became popular(as can be with a one man team and no advertising).
So much so, I had to shut down due to a few lawsuit threats.
Once I made a blogging system as a Mod in my personal CMS system.
Because of pLog/lifetype, I incorporated the Smarty Template System/Smarty Tagging to my php cms.
I found it easy to redo a new way different website/templates.. others found it difficult to help me.
For a while I was frustrated, but then remembered my days here with pLog/Lifetype where the devs thought it easy
and end users became frustrated.
My point is I think I can now offer some help(of course once I re-learn the framework), when back in the day I was clueless
to any coding.
I want to help, as I agree with you.. WP sucks. I have coded many plugins(templates for such as well) for clients(contact form-ip ban/etc.) and is easy but hard also.
WP Multi-user blog is A JOKE I think. (more here but tired of typing)
I will tinker with my local/live install of Lifetype and do my best to help you with this as I believe in it so much.
I am in a much better position now to help