I understand why the other website was created. I don't blame anyone for leaving.
The status of the forums? They are up and running. As much as you've learned about me after I've missed a few weeks, you've also learned that I've put the board back up, full reinstall and upgrade, in two hours after noticing I was locked out of the AdminCP.
It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to discuss why I was away for that amount of time, so I won't. I will say that, right now, it's my activity that is most important, and I'm not expecting anyone else to shoulder that at this time. Nobody should be accountable for that, aside from the guy that's running the forums. Everyone has a role on LN, whether it's what I do as an admin...or what you do as one of our most active posters.
I can't provide an answer when it comes to selling the forums. I don't make that decision. As it stands, I will run them, and within the next week or two, I will make a decision on whether or not I need to revamp the staff to assist me in maintaining them.
I apologize for the downtime. I realize it was longer than it should have been, but I'd like for our community to look more into how we can generate more activity, and rebuild this fanbase (we have been dying for a couple of years now, with our team being as bad as they have been). The forums will be staying up, and if the day comes I no longer feel I can maintain that, I'll put someone in my place to make it happen.