There are clones of the Uno rolling out of China for less than half the price of authentic ones, with no loss to quality or service whatsoever.
China inc. does not pay for the forum and other costs the Arduino team make.
the "purging" of "retired" products, information, data, guides and (working) IDE examples for them.
A pessimistic and cynical summary of the Arduino-day talks ( https://youtu.be/UjeIbeDLhQY?t=3h27m ) might be something like "we're changing our target audience from the original students, artists, and hobbyists to the more profitable set containing Educational Institutions and wanna-be Entrepreneurs. Ie, from people who want to make things, to people who want to make money."
You can still download the old IDEs with their "examples", most of the 3rd party libraries are in source-controlled repositories like github (the IDE too, actually), and the forums are delightfully (?) un-purged, so I'm not sure it's as bad as you think.
"Hopefully not..... If it does, it will be the end of it...."There is a whole new set of generations coming through who are adopting newer boards.It will never be the end.Most consumer electronics has a very short life span of less than 5 years and mobile phones are among the shortest.IMHO there is life in both the older and newer Arduino boards....I could retire tomorrow but it doesn't mean its the end of me
If you go to the Software, Downloads section then look for previous IDEs they jump from 1.6.13 to 1.8.0.What the hell happened to the numerous releases of 1.7?
They threw up shed loads of compile errors.