BIRDMAN!!! <3I think he realised they were only running them (If I recall correctly the vbull format wasn't free) for a small group of people who had little involvement on the front page, so there wasn't much point to them, which is very fair.
The old forums were well past the peak of their activity, and there were some difficult characters in the pack. They caused way too much trouble for the minimal value added to the site. They were some fun times though. The badges were great, always wished that had been a thing across the site.
On this note, one thing that we’re really trying to do with the new forums is to provide a sense of continuity between here and the main site. They’re both going to be overseen by the same moderation team, with the same rules and the same folks guiding them.You're not missing much.
In short, there were forums, but there wasn't a ton of overlap between people who frequented the main site and people who frequented the forums. They grew apart and the forums were closed, and now people like to reference it as a silly in-joke because of the new forums.
I told you all, it had something to do with a serial killer. It often does.There were some really serial killery sorts in the old crowd (or just deranged idk), but they mostly outed themselves as being terrible people and ran away.
I always wanted the forums to be closer but you can't blame the people at the bottom for that, it was allowed to become what it was by setting up different moderators and basically never referring to it on the main site. When I was pushing FNF I was always linking it back to the forums as the place where organisation actually took place, few others did that. There should have been editors linking the discussion threads for new/upcoming games in articles about them.
I'll cop to not having interest in the main site as a place to visit, I don't need gaming news even if I had the time for it, but the people in the community are good and given a proper interface for interaction (which is not comment sections under articles and blogs, c'mon) something great can emerge.