As for the number of members, yes, not as intense. HOWEVER, there are just as many who lurk and never post in the first place.
Others have moved on.
Sadly, some of the most respected and prolific members have passed. They are missed!
The web has changed in the last few years, even more so in the last year. Interests have changed ... and sadly so many who call themselves "webmasters" are little more the script kiddies doing cut and paste on a domain in hopes of getting rich from the free ads...
Some of the change comes from how kids are taught in school over the last decade (any country). Expectations are too high and effort is too low.
There is an art and dedication to what we do. This next gen is chasing something else and ... well, we don't do unicorns and blue sky, so they don't stick around or even play the game.
Hi Dimitri, I find it quieter, certainly in European zones compared to when I was here last. I took a break from WebmasterWorld for a while, because my activity changed - perhaps others are doing the same. What was your reason for leaving and then returning? But it was busier before, of that I have no doubt.
What was your reason for leaving and then returning?
I was preparing for the casting of the new Kojak, like I use to say :) (chemo) But it's okay, I am getting in use now. Gives time to think about life, and you know, what doesn't (yet) kill you, is making you stronger (for a while) :)
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My observation is that, today's people, are not going where you can receive the most valuable information, help, but where they find people thinking like them. So they regroup together, and digging their own grave with their own theories, blind and ignoring other possibilities.
I recently heard from one formerly active member. Turns out he is currently traveling in Italy. It would be nice to think that everyone who isn’t around any more ... has moved on because they’ve got some place better to be :)