Where did everybody go? This forum is dead.
TOH revamped the main website and removed the forum link. We've been discussing other options since it started several weeks ago. Look for a thread called "I thought the place was a gonner" or something very close to that. Several of us have been looking at alternative sites to call home, take a look at the links provided, give us your thoughts, and hopefully we'll all find a new place that actually cares that we pros are here to help.
So what do you surmise is TOH's intentions? Why would they want to let this blog wither? It is actually a little more than "wither", as without the "Discussions" link, no one can find this blog! Maybe it just does not have economic value to them.
Who knows, they certainly aren't going to tell us.
Nobody knows what is going on because nobody will tell us. It wouldn't be a surprise to see these forums taken down. I'll email you in a moment- we've all been doing that to stay in touch should this place go kaput. And do read this thread: https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?128929-I-thought-the-Board-was-a-goner-for-sure