The forum is dead because the website revamp (with much respect to the owners) was a mistake.
When you give subject matter away on the internet, it's a home run. When you attempt to charge for same, it simply doesn't work. People just don't want to pay.
One more thing, the home page on this website is terrible. Terrible. It almost hurts my eyes, the tropical ocean blue is so glaring.
You want to see a website that does ok? Try Google.com.
And I'm being serious. Google is the ultimate in simplicity. Do you see ten different things on Google's home page? No. You only see one.
When you load up a website's home page with so many different items, it just isn't user friendly anymore.
And I'm a huge admirer of Grant, the originator of this website.