Thank you for your replies
The website will remain online. Just it will move from its current URL and be replaced by a new homepage with the forum, twitter and FB feed built in to it all being well. I also plan to remove all downloads from the old site then as tbh, they've been out there years and are in the public domain well and truly now.
The forum is pretty much dead. I hear what you are saying re keeping it open but people are just not posting to it. Many longer standing members drifted away, lost interest, whatever it was and new ones are not coming in the numbers they once did. Mainly I feel because the site is inactive and also the way news and so on is posted online these days means its out there far quicker than it used to be and so the forum doesn't have the same place for those discovering them or wanting to talk about them in more recent times. The forum has had its time IMHO. It shall remain open in a far more streamlined form to allow posting about the Conchords or Bret and Jemaine, Rhys and Taika but outside of that, I don't see the need to keep other areas open. Some of them had not been posted to since 2012 and archiving them seems the most logical thing to do. The HBO series, Fun n Games forums will archive soon. The tour section content has been archived but new tour topics can be posted, although this will probably also be archived once the tour ends.
Venus and Nancy oversee the forum and do a great job and I am eternally grateful as without them here, the forum would have closed up shop when I stepped down from writing and closed the site. I am aware though that one day one or both of the ladies may wish to go off and do something else and cease to mod or spend time here and then there is no one to replace them. They are volunteers and I truly appreciate the time they have given over the years to enable this forum to continue. But unless they get something back in the way of activity from others posting, one or two people alone cannot a forum make. Venus has been the driving force in the news updates and does a great job with it but its news that most of the time is able to be found elsewhere online these days or comes from elsewhere. It gets read here by some but little in the way of replies or conversation which is a shame. And people read it on Twitter or FB or a news alert and the forum doesn't really come in to it for many these days. Its not part of the equation for most.
I sometimes toy with the idea of getting back into the Conchords thing, taking part more but honestly, my head just doesn't want to be there. I had a lot of personal problems when I ceased with the site and tbh, more since then have just kept my focus away from anything to do with the Conchords. For me, it had its time with Iris and Figwit, then with the WTF! website in those early years, they were the best for me. Since my son was born and life as I knew it went to crap, something in me changed and try as I might, I cannot seem to get it back. No regrets though, can't have those. Just being the kind of person that I am, I prefer to close the book and end it rather than leave it to linger slowly, dwindling away. The forum has bugged me in that respect for a long time and I personally would have no issue closing it and letting the door shut on everything once and for all. If it really doesn't pick up with the movie and tour, then once those are done I will probably close it once and for all. Because if those two events don't get people posting more or see new members signing up, nothing will.
Please know its not about the money. It never has been. Funds were ok back when the site was busy to be able to cope with the amount of bandwidth and people downloading etc (remember the site was around long before You Tube etc exisited), people donated and we were able to cover the costs even at the busiest time thankfully, though we did have to increase the bandwidth and pay more hosting fees a fair few times
Now it is so quiet the site is hosted on my husbands server and he keeps an eye on it. Given there is little site traffic compared to a few years ago its costs are minimal now. The domain name is also covered as I have no plans to give that up.