Not necessarily, they might be lurkers who are searching.I think it stands to reason that if there’s a significant drop in people posting, surely there’s a corresponding drop in people reading? A similar percentage anyway. Look at trips area as one example, I used to lap that up, drooling over other people’s holidays and adding to my list of required places to visit. Now, if you skip it for a month, you could often count on one hand the number of new posts. If there’s less new stuff to read, stands to reason folks won’t be around long once they’ve read whatever new content there is, unless they’ve searched for a particular problem and hopefully found an answer.
I see what you’re saying OB and to a large extent I agree with you, but I can assure you effort is not appreciated on all fronts, and without a doubt no good deed goes unpunished hehe 😎