LMAO, It's okay.
I'm not aware of anytime HPBD actually closed, but it is still open. It's more of a use
at your own risk type of forum though, as the staff never log-in, but people still use it
to sell layouts, and nothing major has happened on there in a while.
(I still use the forum as well, but just to stalk the other losers in the OT.)
A lot of the layout users open their shops on multple forums, so there's no need to
stick to one. (Unless you're a total piece of shite organizer, like me sometimes.)
Advertising your layouts and services on IMVU's pulse system is a great way to get
some customers as well. Or just to show off your skills.
+ I forgot to add that the peeps here on gasr never owned hpbd or were affiliated. I think
that's why I was confused at your first statement.