From what I've been reading apparently there are some who believe that places like reddit, twitter and read.cash are all we need and that forums are 'ancient.'
Some of the Bitcoin[.]com team itself didn't even know that the Forum existed (this is not private information, they've posted their thoughts in public throughout the last week or so).
Places like reddit, twitter and even read.cash (although I will say that read.cash is an alright place and it seems to be useful) all practice censorship (or are willing to). In addition, some smaller sites like read.cash could disappear (e.g., forced to shutdown, money dries up, or just the threat of government sanctions, or maybe if they get overwhelmed with topics they don't like).
Reddit has been censoring for years. In 2014 / 2015 Voat.co was created (for the most part a Reddit clone) in response to censorship at reddit.
I tried out Voat.co in 2018 and immediately was attacked for discussing bitcoin. Turns out that Voat.co also practices censorship. They won't ban accounts (unless something has changed nowadays) but what they will do is send out hit squads (literally, this is discussed at the site) to downvote your posts/comments (all of it, not just the post they didn't approve of) so that you're no longer permitted to post. The admins and mods (or whatever they're called at Voat) were calling me a "pajeet" (apparently it's some derogatory term used to describe people in India who defecate (poop) in public) and other names because I wanted to discuss bitcoin. The said I was Indian or maybe I was a Bangladeshi or something even though I'm a white guy posting from the US. They also didn't like my username (nandibear), they said it sounds like an Indian name.
Here's my profile if anyone wants to check: https://voat.co/user/nandibear
Throughout the years I've tried others sites (e.g., Gab.com) and even what might be called the forerunner of Read.cash: Honest.cash
I was excited about Honest.cash and made several posts. That is until the founder (or co-founder as he likes to describe himself) started expressing his support of (1) censorship and (2) protecting people from words and ideas (this was in mid-2019).
Here's my reply to him if anyone wants to check: https://honest.cash/v2/nandibear/re-re-can-free-speech-ever-harm-democracy-and-human-rights-5943
Honest.cash in no longer being developed (and the site was broken for several months) and evidently the site is for sale as they are looking for a buyer. Which reminds me (a little at least) of Steemit being bought by Justin Sun (or the 'Tron Foundation') earlier this year (Feb. 2020). Sun thinks that dissent and opinion are criminal as he believes it's damaging his company (Steemit, Inc). I haven't posted for 5 months now. There's a couple of new forks (Hive.io and coming soon, apparently on July 4th, Blurt).
Wrote a little about it at: https://nandibear.com/hive-and-blurt-forks-of-the-steem-blockchain