I agree Addict.
I have split opinions about digital ghost towns.
In the late 90s I once logged into the PAN, a BTX type network, that was quickly killed by the much more popular internet. That was my first encounter with one. Me and a friend were browsing through some sites. Film reviews, dating sites ... obvious that nobody has logged onto their systems for years now, but it was all still there.
We wondered who runs the server, and if the companies who originally set them up were even aware that they still existed. It felt eerily and cold reading through them. Like an memorial for the dead.
Over 10 years later, I created a backup of a forum not unlike this. The person that created it and its community died unexpectedly. A friend on mine. With him access to the database. So trying to preserve his work I created a backup. Compressed it fitted on a DVD which I gave to his sister.
Should sites with community generated content be allowed to die, or she they be preserved for the future ... for future historians ... for wonders ... turning into virtual museums?