Although I’m not privy to the actual numbers, I’ve been told the number of registered members is but a fraction of the people reading this board.
For what it’s worth, I sometimes set my topic list to show 100 days ago, and I go back and wallow in many of my favorite threads posted by old regs who have slowly faded from the scene for whatever reason.
I believe 100 days is a very long time in any online community, and people’s tastes, opinions and interests can be expected to evolve IRL during that time. Some simply lose interest, I’m sure, some get their questions answered (and hopefully, some relief from ignorance) and have nothing further to say, and, sadly, some get ticked off and leave over real or imagined insults and slights. Our reasons for being here are many and varied, and our reasons for leaving are similarly numbered. Such is life.
We mods and admins of the SDMB struggle mightily every day to improve our skills and yes, moderate our own behaviour in an attempt to make the board a friendly, fun place for everyone to visit. However, we are human and we do make dreadful mistakes in the course of conducting the business of what is, essentially, an unelected government. But please rest assured these mistakes are not overlooked; they are examined and discussed and sometimes become the subject of furious internal debates. This may give the appearance we are ignoring our members’ opinions, but such is not the case. We have all beaten each other roundly about the head and shoulders with what we consider to be valid points raised by our readership - but inevitably some will be unhappy with our (sometimes bare majority) consensus decisions as to the fate of such suggestions.
(“Faceless” moderators being a case in point).
Anyway, I didn’t mean to turn this into a big hand-wringing soul-searching affair, but to offer my thoughts on the evolution of the board. I’m sorry to see readers leave for any reason, and when we have been directly or indirectly or just plain tangentially involved in such identifiable reasons for an exodus, no matter how small, you can be sure that situation does not pass unnoticed.