Are forum platforms dead?

Are forum platforms dead?

πŸ‘‹ Hello everyone. I'm Matt Mecham and today I will be your Rosieland guide.

It feels that every other week a new article is written proclaiming the death of the venerable forum platform. The author often cites forums they used to frequent in the early 2000s and how they now hang out on Twitter and Discord, which, in their opinion, offer a modern experience. No one uses forums anymore, they say.

Forums are dead. We've invited all your old friends on social media, and it's being live-streamed on Youtube. You can join the after-party on Discord, where we'll be hanging out into the early hours of the morning.

As someone who has spent his entire adult life building and refining commercial forum community platforms, the notion that forums are dead continues to surprise me.

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