Hm. I guess I'll throw my opinion in-
First of all, the graph doesn't prove anything. Do you know how many sockpuppets, trolls, spambots etc visit this site? How do you separate the legitimate traffic from the garbage?
Setting that aside, I find that Sailnet has evolved in kind of an odd way. When I first got here, there were some seriously knowledgeable sailors here, but a few of them were... rude, arrogant, confrontational people who dominated the conversations. (I am not referring to the Chefs)
It wasn't worth digging through the BS to get to the nugget of good information at the center, so I left for a while.
Now, the worst of those people have moved on, Sailnet is a much friendlier place to be, but I feel that some real knowledge and experience has been lost, and a lot of the discussion has become inane.
We've got people asking about towing kids at high speeds on inflatable tubes with displacement hull sailboats, for example.
I'd love to have the old knowledge and experience back here, without all the vitriol and nasty attitude that came with it. I'm trying to help fill the gap but face it, no matter how hard I study, and race, and sail, 3.5 years and two sailboats is not enough to be a subject matter expert.
Auspicious Dave has 30 years under his belt. ONE afternoon race with him, taught my crew (and me) a lot. The very light air skills he showed us, litterally saved my bacon at the end of the Solomons Invitational, where the breeze died. I might not have finished before the time limit.
I *hate* the thought of aggressive moderation, but this place just doesn't seem to police itself very well. Maybe it's what we need. I'm still unsure.