The official Sony forums were never an enjoyable place to hang out. The site code was terrible, the servers were slow as molasses, the rankings system was broken until it got totally destroyed, and there were too many “post and run” people who would post one issue or complaint and disappear forever.
Last week, Sony finally put the nail in the coffin by announcing that they would be shutting down the forums completely on February 20, 2020. The community is obviously bummed out, and they’re also not holding their breath about Sony keeping at least an archive of existing posts. Sony will most likely wipe the site out completely and there won’t be a trace of the old forum left after they’re finished.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the PlayStation gaming community has organized and launched a new forum, which will be run independently and hopefully not have any of the issues that the Sony-run site had. The new site is appropriately called PlayStation Forum. It seems to run on the XenForo forum engine, has a simple design with good features, and the servers