Maybe it has something to do with the collective evolution of the site, with many of us "coming of age", for lack of a better term, stylistically over the last several years. And so the group that has a good idea of what we're doing has gone from the minority to the majority, which naturally creates a less welcoming environment for noobs to ask questions, start threads, contribute to discussions, and post fits. New posters used to be just one in a crowd, trying to figure it out like the rest of us. Now they are outsiders, trying to figure it out among a group of posters who to varying degrees have already figured it out. So it's probably not as fun and definitely not as inviting. Just a thought.