Steve, do you really have to shut those forums down, or can you simply leave these forums to members and mods? |
I don't know how much you're doing behind the scenes since I'm not a mod, but community probably won't fall down only because you stop showing up here.
Running the forum on a separate domain without Steve wouldn't be a problem and there are enough people to do the necessary work.
It seems like Steve neither wants the forum to exist outside his control nor under his control where it costs his attention.