joatmon wrote:I often see people here get redirected to there, and the mods and admins here don't mind, so I guess I'm missing out on a bunch
I didn't know GenVibe in the good old days, since I only came around in 2013, but it was definitely slowing down by then. So, take my opinion as that of latecomer to the forum.
I generally see the FB Group as an extension of the forum, especially since all of the Admins of the FB group are members here, though not all that active anymore. Most of what's going on there is general chit chat, people asking quick questions, and others showing off the latest mods (or just showing off). I think most of the more active FB users are also members here, much like myself.
The forum is definitely better for the garage threads documenting mods and finding how-to information. I try to direct people asking those sorts of questions here to the relevant threads, but sadly, many of those threads are either broken from the Photobucket disaster or are hard to find due to broken links from the software update awhile back. For example "The Great How-To Modifcation Index!" is all sorts of broken. viewtopic.php?f=28&t=20710
If you're lucky, you might be able to search and find the thread you're looking for from that list, but chances are the post itself is somehow broken.
One last thought. There's also an ease of use that's missing on the forum. In order to post pics, you've got a few hoops to jump through to get them in your post. You've got to resize them, then upload them, and then place into your post... or you upload them to a third party service and post the link. That's possibly worth the effort for a garage thread or a how-to, but not something I'd want to do for every post. I know there is forum software out there that can streamline that for you, but GenVibe isn't using it. Many forums have their own mobile apps or can at least be used with apps like Tapatalk. The GenVibe mobile site is usable, but suffers from the same limitations as the desktop site. With Facebook, its so easy just to upload a pic or two and add a comment "Hey look at this cool thing I did!" and you're done and you see feedback roll in.
Anyway. My 2 cents.