Stef could have bid adieu in a better manner than he did. He might be having his own reasons (family or financial) to discontinue but he just ran away very abruptly causing loss of faith from many, forever. When he started the forum, many good members left Victor's forum and joined bf.cc in the hope of debating here more calmly. For example, Bayes, who is a very valuable member for the entire community. Now, alongwith Stef, we miss all of them and a few very good debates have been gone too, alongwith the forum. Those who bought his bot are also in dark whether the bot will keep working or not. Even his partner Nickmsi has no idea about Stef or if he has any plans to revive the forum or return to forum world ever.
A forum is a community. A person may be admin/owner of the forum/website but he should not forget that his forum is being stuffed by the efforts of many members over long time and is as such not his private property only . In such case he has no right to take down the site without discussing to the community specially when there is no backup of the site. I started a forum too, got almost all stars of the forum world there but when I saw most of them are only looking at my topics and not contributing by anything valuable, I turned it into an open blog. I never allowed rotten ideas, mudslinging, copy-paste from other places etc in my blog. I preferred quality over quantity and try to keep the topics clean and informative.