intersting thoughts macliam, and to an extent echo some of the comments i've made in the finance forum in the past few days. there're things happening that in days gone by would have generated some interest here/previous incarnations of this community.
i am on social media but don't tend to get into a lot of discussion re topics in the news etc, it's more just to keep in touch with people. to be more specific i use facebook, and have a twitter account but hardly use that. my impression would be that forums have been replaced by twitter communities, and also reddit.. the GameStop activities in recent months, which some here may be aware of, revealed how active things were there, at least to me.
i like forums as i visit them for particular topics.. for me mostly personal finance here, but i'm on a couple of niche wristwatch forums, which are relatively active in fairness. i used to look at and contribute to a football forum but that has gone quiet, and most of the contributors comment as themselves on facebook rather than via pseudenyms on the forum. things have just evolved, i suppose.
i'm not sure how much RF's comments are a dig at me personally, but i was asked way back to keep that part of this forum as active as possible and i've endeavoured so to do. inevitably have posted re things that i become aware of so there's bound to be some personal bias in the content when there're very few other regular contributors to that section of the forum. someone did send me a message some time back telling me 'all you care about is money'
fwiw i would really love to see this site continue and be successful.