This forum has been on the decline for a few years now. Probably even before they sold to curse gaming. Some of the threads see a decent amount of use (like the rulings thread), but for the most part people sort of scattered depending on their interest. Mtgnexus has quite a few people and reddit as well between the spikes thread and the regular one.
I think Cancel Culture was what did it. It pressured a lot of members to use other means of online communication outside of Facebook and Twitter where they aren't judged or condemned by moderators and other members to be able to speak more freely with others. By the time Message Board Forums became a victim of Cancel Culture, everyone decided that it was time to jump ship.
That and you also have to factor in the pandemic making Organized Play at Local Game Stores (LGSs) next to impossible which means less Paper Magic content posted on Message Board Forums. Arena is also taking away most foot traffic for those who enjoy playing Standard compared to EDH / Commander which is the only format that's been keeping the Local Game Store (LGS) on life support right now.
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