@mistafista The forum hasn't really been adopted by the community yet, most people prefer to chat in the slack because it is real time. The forum will start being used more and more especially by those interested in development for persistent discussion on those kinds of topics.
As to why so much money is coming into the altcoin market right now -- I think it might have something to do with how much traditional markets have all crashed in the last week or so. Stable alts on an upward trend are more appealing than those kind of loses. That aside, Ethereum's platform is the clear leader as far as what is the most capable implementation of block chain technology currently. This has been resulting in its code base being adoped for the internal solutions of large organizationas including and especially those in the field of banking/finance. Expanse is the only long running project based off ethereum that has been under continuous development and has had consistant upward market growth. That combination of factors makes it a very appealing target for money coming in looking for something strong with stable potential for growth. That's my theory, anyway ;]