I go to Elitetrader every year or so to post a question and yesterday I found myself back again and was shocked to see how little volume there was in the forums. Only 15 threads started yesterday, and it looks like that was a good day. I remember in 2009 there seemed to be a new thread posted every few minutes during the trading day. I did a very unscientific look back at the historical posts for Forums-->Main-->Trades which I believe has the most posts of any. I picked a random weekday or two for each year and counted the number New Threads and here's what I came up with: 2001 3 2002 4 2003 8 2004 9 2005 8 2006 12 2007 13 2008 30 2009 9 2010 6 2011 5 2012 3 2013 3 2014 2 So I was wondering about this and wanted to see if anyone could offer any knowledge or speculation on this (or even stories of how great things used to be). Has traffic moved to another forum? Is it just because market volume is low? Will it come back when volume picks up again? Have the independent traders mostly died off?