XIV always had the benefit of being relatively playable without needing outside sources. However, unlike XI, SE was wise enough to start XIV with its own official forums from the start. As a result, you can figure they snag most traffic by default, where the earlier days here more often like a few hardcore players trying to crap on casuals with how they felt the game should be. Fortunately it never really panned out that way and I imagine after a point they got bored flexing.
Site management has been an issue of its own, between migrations and nukes of entire sections, part of me is surprised this place hasn't really plunged into the ether completely unless WoW or Everquest are still somehow big.
Violence good. Sexy bad. Yay America.