(rant warning) If the new owner had good intentions, it only takes a few seconds to post an explanation. That is all that is needed. It is not that hard. No details would be needed. Just a brief, "Hey sorry but there are things suddenly going on in my life." Sorry to sound like a sore loser, but hey, how much effort does it take? The people on this site deserved that much. They could have offered someone on the forum a chance to take over? I guess I am just asking to accept a little responsibility. (rant over)
I think the cultural mindset is just not geared toward a forum setting anymore. I think Snatcher is right. But, for me, the social media just does not create the right atmosphere. Facebook is good to keep in a brief touch with family and friends that have moved to other places across the country, but it just does not present itself as a good place to, you know. The only way I can explain the difference between a forum and Facebook is, one is a glass of water, the other is water all over the table dripping to the floor.
With smart phones the social media is instant. You have to go to a forum. A different type of laziness of this gaming generation? Some have just went rogue with their own Youtube channel to fill the hunger, I think that can be added to the list. I do some blogging geared toward gaming. Never did that before the forum dried up. I do have a few followers, but it is just not the same.
People have just a certain amount of talk in them, some more than others, and when they have been drained by "twitter," "Facebook," etc, they're empty by the time they think of a forum.