It wasn't removed, just renamed: General became Off-Topic, and Korea-related posts went to Life in Korea. The way I see it, it was done to help keep things in proper forums, and we're actively trying to move and merge threads so they're in logical places. Korea-related stuff goes in Life In Korea now, and everything else that doesn't fit one of the forums (travel, Korean life, Korean language, teaching, lesson plans, etc.) goes in Off-Topic. I don't see how it makes it harder to find interesting conversations . . . you'd just have to check two boards (LiK and Off-Topic) instead of just General Discussion.