The Dortmund forum is as dead as the Bayern forum. The one post Reza made certainly does not change anything to that. In fact had that been posted in the German forum it would have surely gotten replies, which is kinda the whole point I am making.Well, I can leave the Dortmund forum, thus keep germany section and just achiving Bayern forum. I just hope I dont have to return Bayern forum and archive Dortmund in May, 2020
As for a more general comment, of course closing/archiving the Bayern and Dortmund forum itself will not make the Bundesliga forum get more traffic, that train has left the station. To achieve more traffic and spark discussions between more than the regular 3-5 persons visiting a forum it needs to be merged with a similar forum (or forums) that has (have) the same problems.
Why are people discussing the Bundesliga in the World Football forum right now? Because more people go there than to the Bundesliga forum itself. Hence more people get involved in such a discussion. Now of course when there are enough people (definitely more than 3-5) to keep an own forum interesting (and that is definitely different from just active, just take colocolo as an example), then everything is fine. But the moment that is not the case, that forum kinda becomes void and people just talk to themselves and might as well stop doing that too.
Of course the tricky part is to find a common ground between those different forums so that it can spark discussions among the different small groups of persons, so merging Germany with Chile will not make sense of course. But I would almost prefer the German forum to be completely merged with European Football forum than having a sub forum in that section. Inside the EF forum there are a lot of small sub forums that have little to no traffic. Hell, even the EF forum itself has seen 1 post in more than two years time!!! Merge all those small ones into that and it at least has the chance to get some discussions going. Keeping all those sub forums as they are is not going to spark anything, it has been like this for years and it hasn't worked, it cannot become any worse.