I've realized a few things in my short time as a site admin. There are a lot of 'communities' on the internet. I mean a lot. The reason you can find what you want is because it's relevant and it's been grown, but then there are the multitude (the majority) of sites that you can't find, won't find and that will never see more than a handful of visitors. I'd say it's about a 5% - 95% ratio. And it's not because their owners don't advertise, create new content, so on and so forth. I'm sure they do. It's more to do with a change in the end-user's focus. Everything has been done, thought of and implemented. There is nothing, no concept, no matter how unique or catchy that can 'catch fire' like what we used to see in the 90s, because the average internet user has developed a dependence on centralization of information. They don't want to visit 5 different sites and be a member of each - they want everything on one. People don't want to sift through endless amounts of information - for what? They'll never be able to digest it all. Large information banks like these forums have maintained their ground because they have a community which was founded YEARS ago and the collective efforts of the entire community are what keep it running - not the owner's will. How hard is it to start up a new community, completely from scratch nowadays and follow this same model? I'd say it's pretty much next to impossible for it to be sustainable. The large communities I've seen all have a solid 6+ years behind them. All it takes is to check the old threads on sites like these where people announce their new forum - most of them have either gone offline or become defunct. Their owners gave it their all, but you can't run on empty for too long. You'll get tired, disillusioned and eventually quit. So the question really is - do we really need more forums on the internet?