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Lack of traffic is common issue with most photography forum sites. There is less and less to learn in digital photography; almost every technical topic has been covered ... Not much left that is not known by everyone. Less and less new products, no major innovations/development to talk about ....
Perhaps it's time for reflection rather than new gear. I have had my D810 and Otus 55 lens for just over a year now, It,s still a pleasure to use and I still get knocked over by this combinations results. Perhaps it is because I take more time to do set-ups but the feel and touch of these two is like handling the old cameras rather than bits of plastic some manufactures use today.
Silly topics discussed ad nauseam by a few people who seemed to hijack the site. Serious photographers and serious enthusiasts left because it all became just so annoying and tedious.
Exogenous factors or endogenous factors ? That is, external factors or internal factors.Most of the responses above have cited external factors, ie lack of new gear, less to learn and no innovations.I'd suggest, however, we look at internal factors for explanation of the traffic decline - namely changeover of moderators, attitude of new moderators to dissenting views and a prerefence by new moderators for "observation of socially niceties" in the answers or discussion. Let alone the "hijacking" of threads.I think these factors are the more likely explanations for the traffic decline - they certainly have contributed to my lack of interest in contributing.Over and out,Mick