I think the forums here are dead because there are a lot of inexperienced players in this world (myself included, I have not played tribal wars since TW1). They might not even know about this forum section ^_^
Throwback to tw1 when these forums were filled with tribal propaganda. Now a days it just seems like one tribe dominates every server with no competition. All the experienced players join one tribe at the start and poof, that's the end of the world.