Do not close down your forums! That would be a huge waste!
As far as I can tell, there are things on these forums (and on your main site) that are unique. It would be a really bad thing to kill unique content on the intarwebz! And sure, maybe this place has not taken off like you hoped, but I have been on various forums long enough to know that small forums are really the way to go. I have had to leave other forums because of the "too big" problems that erupt. I prefer the small environments now.
And you cannot really blame yourself or anything else when it comes to the forums not taking off. Young people these days... are too entrenched in their instantaneous satisfaction worlds to have the patience for forums. They all carry around smart phones and only own laptops. If a Google search on their phone cannot tell them an answer, they just figure the answer does not exist! It never occurs to them that maybe no one has gotten around to putting the answer online. There is too much information online to convince them of that! And honestly, these forums probably get plucked by Google a ton - usually by forum gathering sites so that the searchers hit them instead of the forum sites themselves. I guess what I mean is that these forums are most likely helping a lot of people without you seeing the stats - and the people being helped are not the type to join forums anyway. But that does not mean your forums are not making an impact! It just means the internet is too complex to get good feedback.
So, hey, if it an issue of a lack of activity, we can all shoot the breeze on anything you want! The modding talk can be handled by the modding sites, IMHO. We can just do our own thing here. Maybe if we all come up with some forum topics on which we have input, we can keep the content flowing more regularly. Instead of making this place into something that tons of people might
want, why not make it into something that fewer people really
For instance, we could have a section devoted to technical help for games (like solving/minimizing CTDs), or for advice on how to prepare our computers for the punishment that will be Skyrim, or for sharing tips and screenshots for quests and the like, or just for general play-styles. We could even have heated debates on beverages! Hey, whatever!
Anyway, I really like this place, even as "dead" as it is sometimes. Please do not kill it! We can help make this place more lively if that is what it takes!