Oh no, this is terrible news. I took a look at some of the alternatives mentioned in this thread, and there is no obvious replacement.
I learned so much reading this forum and I am grateful to all the experts who have shared their knowledge. I also want to express my thanks to everyone who took the time to answer all my questions. I will miss these forums terribly.
So I just want to thank everyone for trying to comm. while they still can. Generally, a 'Net - Discussion - Forum, in which all-can Comment (and there are Moderators), if identified (somewhat) while they do so, that's visible-to the public (even if again it May be "'members'-only," Commenting /Replying), IS the "gold standard," of comm'n. since the telephone, and really, nothing's come-close to being as-good as it, since (even e-mail's not "open to the public").
'Net was Originally designed for comm'n. Not Information (of course, despite "Information Age").
I just Up-Rated a Lot of these options, because they are - All of them (despite what - still "temporarily" present-here - Moderators, say) - Options, and there's - practically Forced-to be now, "more than one way to [fill-in the-blank]." "Good luck, have fun, (and) don't die" (MultiPlayer sign-off).
I heard the forum was being archived soon, and it's pretty sad. I don't think I've ever used the forum before, despite playing the game for over 8 years. I have found the site a tremendously useful resource for information about minecraft, and I've probably visited it hundreds of times for command block advice and other technical stuff. I'm not entirely sure if I'm posting this in the right topic but I just wanted to say thanks to this community, the moderators, the people who have kept this site running over the years. As even though I haven't left my mark on the forums, the forums have definitely had an impact on how I played Minecraft.
In case this isn't in the right topic (Sorry I'm not sure where to put it) here's a cool screenshot of the (very basic) redstone computer I've been building:
It has a 4x4 bit display that can be controlled, with memory to store 4 different screens. It also acts as a calculator adding together the top two rows of the screen in binary.
The reason the site is being archived "I think" is to move it to the curseforge forums, otherwise to save money and not have to keep the resources and otherwise of the forums "here" active and having to continue with the URL/website or servers running. That's my guess and it's kind of understandable but still sad.
The curseforge forums format looks just like the MCForums one right?
The announcement is the top news item on the www.minecraftforum.net home page. On page 5 of the comments to this announcement, citricsquid (who owned the forum) posted that it was a business decision. The forum loses money.