Even if, as WotC says, that the majority of the community conversation is taking place elsewhere, I suspect a sizable amount of it was happening on the company's forums. This is simply cost cutting, plain and simple, but I suspect part of the cost will be a loss of traffic to the WotC site.
Instead of trying to build a community, they'd rather cut it loose.
I know few if any of The Tavern's readers frequented the WotC forums, but it's still a shame to see them shut down.
When they should be looking to build up their loyal gaming community, they end it.
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