Your more recent question about discussion forums is not dead (only resting). Here is the link: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4754843
Generally, submissions which get no traction disappear down the rankings. Your question about forums sparked no response.
Flagging expedites a submission's fall and your question may have been flagged due to the possibility it would be used to for SEO exercises.
I was wondering if some mysterious moderator had deleted my post due to its nature.
Hackers news is a good forum but I found it a bit disorganized and slow. The link expires when you view a page for too long that is annoying. So I am just curious to see if there is any other more organized online forums that offer similar startups/independents support.