As I look at the OTF stats just now they show 193 users, with probably not many of them actual members. And when I look at the threads on page 1 of the OTF they cover 3 days! Yes, that's 3 WHOLE DAYS!! Gone are the days when you could post a new thread and within 20 minutes or so you'd have a dozen or many more replies to scan through. And gone are the days when if your thread wasn't interesting enough it would drop off the first page into oblivion within a few hours.
Being on the forum now can sometimes be somewhat soul destroying as in the majority of instances you'll be hanging about with only a sporadic poster here and there to keep you company . . . sometimes for hours.
Sadly I think the halcyon days are gone forever. I've known dozens of major forums hit a peak, sometimes sustained for many years, but most inevitably taper off and eventually die a death - for whatever reason.
There used to be such camaraderie here, and participating in the main forum used to be - for the main part - both informative and great experience. We've still got a few good'uns left here and there's still decent humour to be found in the inimitable OTF, but the funeral march proceeds onwards regardless, I fear, and members are dropping like flies. Ain't that a shame