While I, too, would like these back, I sincerely doubt they'll ever return simply due to the resources it took to run them.
If this cutback on the website means that they're putting more resources into the game itself, then it would be hard to argue for the website. It's also possible that they just had to cut back on one resource, period, and they decided that it would be the website community, making it just a forum (and the well liked lottery) instead.
And, in all honesty, if they get the ability to put more resources into something in the future, but it's choosing between something ingame and something online, I'd vote for ingame improvements (and actual improvements that are generally well received :P )
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