I remember seeing the post about the forums shutting down a while ago, but fortunately it seems like everything worked out (or at least got delayed hehe).
When this was happening I received a mail from a Discourse employee. Discourse is a forum software that got pretty popular lately, and as it turns out they have free hosting for open source projects. (up to a certain traffic limit, but then you can migrate to your own solution)
At first I was sceptic, but it actually seems like a really decent solution, many other projects are using as their forum software, a few very popular even (like Rust, cocos2d, ...) and the code is completely free and open source.
There are scripts for importing from Vanilla Forums as well.
This might seem a bit like an advertisement or something, but I'm not involved in Discourse in any way, I just think it's a really neat project, and maybe we could get a
discourse.godotengine.org domain and have the forums be a little more official (and hopefully more used because of that), just like there now is an "official" Matrix namespace under
Now I'm not a frequent forum visitor here, and there might be many upsides to keeping Vanilla and maybe somethings are really nice in terms of "workflow", I wouldn't know, so this might be totally not a good thing.
Then on the other hand, Discourse seem to be a bit more "alive" because of it's growing popularity, there are voting plugins, Q&A systems and also Discord integration it seems (not sure how that would work actually )
But yeah, this is just a suggestion, I know the hosting just moved and the "critical" phase seems to be over, but this might be interesting for the longer term.