Re: This place is dead.
This situation reminds me of a similar one on my old internet home. You just have to stick with the place, and hope that the activity will pick up eventually. As long as the owner still believes in the forum, it will never be dead. Unfortunately with my old place, the owner gave up on it, and then it really did die.
Just don't give up on it, and things should turn around eventually. Pokémon is a far reaching entity, so you have one of the largest fan-bases to pull members from.
Don't let the doomsday talk get you down.