One of things I find hardest to believe about all this is the idea Tapas had no idea there might be a backlash to taking away something else from the Forum. Like, ok sure, maybe it is better and more efficient like that (although I still think saying "you can still email" for the people who think it's kind of rude to ask us to download an app just to reach tech support would be nice) but the idea that they had no idea this might spark concern feels like they've not been paying attention, or are using it as an excuse. The idea that Tapas has been winding down the forums isn't a new one. It came up when Tapas opened Tapastry and started focusing on a separate social media presence, it happened when the discord was opened, it happened when the forum link was moved to a less obvious place, so it's not new. And every time it's brought up Tapas assures us it's not true and they still love the forum and want to support it, until they take something else away or make more events that you have to be part of discord for and nowhere else (and advertise them on the forum they took them away from no less!).
So, I do find it hard to believe after so many incidents of causing concern that the forum is closing and telling us it's not, they didn't foresee maybe this would spark that concern too. Because why would a recurring trend that happens every time Tapas announces movement away from the forums possibly happen with this announcement they're moving something else away from the forums? What exactly has Tapas done to reassure us the forum isn't closing beyond words with no action behind it and continuing to focus everywhere but the forums? And sure, I can buy that they don't mean the forums to close, but surely someone realises the optics of the situation? Surely someone realises if you constantly focus everywhere else, put all your support everywhere else, focus solely on the discord and then start taking things away from the forum, maybe it looks like you're focusing on the discord and don't care about the forum and are trying to force people onto discord?
If all events and support are going to be on discord from now on, say so loud and clear, because we're not seeing it here on the forums and right now it feels like the actions are speaking pretty loudly.