We're all still here, and it need folks like you and me to start threads. ;)
In part, Google has dominated so much of the discussion for so long, and that's why we spun off the Google SEO forum. It takes some of the traffic, along with the other Supporters forums. It dilutes it.
Well the last few days has been super slow with SEOs at a conference and traveling around.
I've also noticed lately all my emails are down, my twitter stream and facebook have both slowed down, it's kind of slower across the board IMO.
Besides everything Neil has said, forum posting in general is cyclic and it is the end of school season. Those parental unit types are out dealing with kids, going on vacations, etc. which will settle down soon and posting picks back up. It's impacting me personally too as it's really hard to get any of my buddies that have kids to come out for a beer at the moment.
As a discussion venue, WebmasterWorld has more competition than it used to. It also has more competition SEO-wise. It used to be that if you were searching for something technical, you'd nearly always find a WebmasterWorld thread ranking well for the topic.
Many folks post thoughts and observations to their own blogs now, as well as Twitter, FB etc., that they'd have posted here in the past.
Even WebmasterWorld's owner says more on Twitter these days than he does on WebmasterWorld itself.
What holds it back is the lack of specifics allowed in posts ( I do understand why )
If search terms were allowed in the SEO forums that would be good .
I don't mind conferences being promoted - even if they are never in Europe anymore :) I also follow the boss on twitter.
There is more competition - but do we want to be like Goggle's ranking forum - with stupid insults and 'your web site is rubbish' comments, often where a person's $10 a day income makes a real difference to them ?
System: The following 2 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/webmasterworld/4484217.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 9:46 am on Aug 13, 2012 (utc +1) System: The following 2 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/webmasterworld/4478694.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 9:46 am on Aug 13, 2012 (utc +1) Do you know anything about the activity levels of WW? I haven't been around much the past two years (change of jobs, put my sites on autopilot, etc.) but have posted again this and past week - and the forums seem to be a lot less active than what I recall.