Even my "active" boards are slumping. We won't go there on my "not-active" ones.
This is the first year I can remember (and I've got decent backup to check my memory which is sometimes - um - "suspect" is the kindest thing to call it.... blond and senior is the truth....) when practically every forum I "own" is sitting there doing nothing going nowhere.
Emailing the normally active folks gets me replies, all mostly saying no problem just real busy right now. Who can fault that? I can't - I'm busy too.... Is this an "aging" thing? Of the forums I run, 5 are over 5 years old, 3 are almost 2 years old, and 3 are about a year old. Only 1 is under a year - and it's the most active one right now!
They all address different groups/situations/ideologies/theories/interests. None of them really overlap. All of them have a fair number of "active" "committed" members.
*shrug* It's not a big deal if they all die. They're private, I make no money from them (not at all in my "profile"), and maybe people just "graduate"....
I'm seeing it too, but I guess I've grown to expect it - the pace of almost everything slows down until "back to school" mentality seeps in. That's even true in B2B I think - too many decision-makers are finishing up vacations to allow much to happen.