i dont think the problem was ever that Meteor forums are dying. A lot of members are just really confused on the direction of Meteor, and due to poor communication (which contributes to the perception that MDG is out of touch with the community) alongside weakened trust it’s hard to take what is said at face value, as what is said usually doesn’t match the reality.
Worst part imo right now is the current status will make any serious users very hesitant to start a project with Meteor. Even those like myself, who fought to get Meteor as the chosen platform at the work place, are worried about the future.
I honestly don’t even really feel “safe” for choosing Meteor. So imagine how scary it must be for new users? Especailly considering Meteor is a lot less user friendly now than it was when I started using it.
I’ve posted on here expressing how I feel about the situation, and hoping for reassurance along the way. Can’t say I’ve really got it (which makes me unsure if Meteor is just distancing itself from the reasons we chose it, or if it’s more poor communication, or if MDG really is out of touch and don’t understand the situation it’s users are in).
But having spent over a year on Meteor in the work place, having our app in development for around a year (it’s a very big project that our business plan for at least 1-2 years in to the future is based upon, as well as sister companies of ours will be using as a backbone) we’re basically “all-in” now, and just hoping things work out in the end, and that Meteor doesn’t deprecate every reason we chose it in the first place.
As it stands, I like the current version of Meteor. It’s an awesome product. But it’s changing, and that makes me extremely worried about the future, as I don’t know if it’s changing in to something that meets the same needs as Meteor did in the past. I don’t really know what is going to be changed, deprecated, or left behind next. And I really wish the core values that Meteor was built upon are Meteor’s core values in the future.