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.
The Minotaur for Old-School Essentials
*Requirements:* Minimum STR 9, Minimum CON 9
*Prime Requisite:* STR and CON
*Hit Dice:* 1d10
*Maximum Level:* 8
*Armor:* Leather, including shield...