Forums aren't a platform for having a natter with family and friends. They are an archive of information, easily accessible and always available. Those interactions can stay put. I have been involved with forums in some respect since about 99 - trends change. They tend to go full circle though...
I loved the original Pokemon franchise. The Gameboy games, the TV show and the trading card games.
I could still happily play the original games today.
I don't have the patience for the newer iterations, although the "lets go" range are not too bad.