That doesn't really mean a lot.Pf1's numbers "Most users ever online was 10,063, Yesterday at 11:20 AM."
One thing thats very clear - when ever there is a thread thats a bit controversial, a good fight or what ever - you'll notice the "views" skyrocket Picture hundreds of people sitting back eating pop corn watching. Yet the actual people that reply may only be half a dozen or so. Take the original post about chat closing, over 6000 views in less than a week. Not 6000 answers though.
Again doesn't mean much - many people will create an account to ask a question, then never come back, or members leave and never come back.Pf1 has thousands of members, they dont seen to be migrating across.
Truth be known - Fairfax saw what was happening - all the regular members who help jumping ship to the new forum - then these forums would basically be a ghost town. More than likely actually came to the conclusion the pre moderating would be a nightmare to carry out as well for the people involved, which in its own right would force members old and new to not come here.
While the chat and non pre moderation is able to carry on at the moment dont be at all surprised if it really is a cost factor then the whole site will close