That’s a whole can of worms.
Hello Games used to have communications staff - people whose job it was to talk to the public. In the fallout from the first launch of No Man’s Sky, Hello Games decided not to talk to anybody, and the communications jobs eventually became vacant. As far as I know, they still are. Hello Games have never expressed any desire for a forum.
It was Alice & Smith who set up this forum, as part of the initial Waking Titan ARG. At that time we were the “Edison Township Amateur Radio Club” (ETARC). Many of the people who joined found it to be a much nicer place than other NMS forums, which, at the time, could be extremely toxic.
When Waking Titan ended, we were faced with the probable loss of a forum we enjoyed. We made representation to both Alice & Smith and Hello Games. We asked them to keep the forum running as a general No Man’s Sky / Hello Games forum. Eventually it was agreed that Alice & Smith would transfer ownership of the forum to Hello Games.
Hello Games, however, pointed out that they had no staff to run the forum, and would not be providing any. They agreed to pay for the forum, but we would have to run it ourselves. They would play no part in it.
Along the way, a few members were appointed to the post of “Leader”. The selection process was mysterious - none of us really knows how we were selected, or why, or by whom - although I suspect being older and less excitable had something to do with it.
And that’s pretty much where we are.
It’s not Sean’s forum, it’s ours. Hello Games pay for it to exist, but beyond that they play no part in the day-to-day running of the thing. I think all of us would like to see contributions from Hello Games staffers - but that wasn’t the agreement, and it’s not the way things happen.
Be happy we have the forum.