Facebook has critical mass. It has enough users to help ensure it stays viable. Some forums get so little traffic as to be ghost towns. Traditional forum formats are not what's preferred by many younger users. (That said, Facebook is actually a forum, but the format is very different, mainly in how the messages are shared/distributed, so it doesn't look like one.)Is Facebook really even a true "competitor" for forums??
Anyway, I see other traditional forums, despite being properly moderated, slowly dying, with much of the traffic moving to FB groups instead. In some cases, the host, Yahoo groups, is so clueless about features that they lost the traffic to new FB groups due to incompetence.
I've participated in Yahoo groups for my high school class and a couple of hobby rocketry forums, and all that traffic has moved to FB, with a Yahoo format change a few years ago being a big catalyst (IMO).
What I've seen here, prior to the new format, has been encouraging. There's enough traffic to keep it interesting, altho there are some slow days, but that's part of life. The participants are friendly, knowledgeable and well behaved, which helps keep people coming back, which in turn keeps the place going.
Shout out here: Thanks to all the great participants here for keeping it going !
I suspect lots of the folks here have been around long enough to have seen a forum die due to abuse followed by loss of traffic. I go back to the waning days of usenet, and have seen bad behavior by some run everybody else away, So, when there's a conflict or gripe here, it usually doesn't get out of hand or cause folks to stop visiting, because folks know not to add any fuel to the fire lest it diminish the forum.
So I plan to gut out this format change and keep coming back for the same friendly cyber bench racing I've enjoyed the past 10+ years I hope everyone else does, too