Recently, my wife and I were discussing various members we have seen come on here through the years. One of the most interesting things that we have noticed is that for each person that joins, no matter how active or how involved they become within the Forums, they phase out after awhile - they have a lifespan within the Community. It does not matter who they are, how much they have donated or what they originally came for, not even if they made hundreds of posts, eventually at one time or the other you just will not see them again. Many of these accounts were deleted in the past so you do not see a recorded number for them in the Membership lists, but their posts are still here as a monument to their past presence.
We then thought about how long a really active Member will last and the average seems to be about 8 months to a year. Others that are lukewarm last about a month or two and the few dedicated may last a little more than a year.
The main reason we have found for this phasing out period is life in general, life changes and so does their needs. The 'need' or 'want' that the Community once gave them does not do it for them anymore. Evidence of this can be seen in the Honor Club, both in past years and now… look at those voted, are they here still? Are they active? For some of those names and pictures you may even see members that you have never even heard of before.
Now, before you make any concrete claims, the purpose of this thread is to ask this question… How long do you think you will last before you begin to phase out? Before you answer, keep in mind that this will be recorded here and it will be evident in the future if you were correct in your claim. This is just an online Community geared towards learning and entertainment, but because we have a closer connection, because we are like family almost one would think that some would at least take the time to drop a line and say how they are doing, if even but once in a month or two. I have seen many, especially in their Intro threads declare many things which are really laughable now such as 'here to stay', 'I will always be active', 'Nothing bothers me I will post always', 'I am very constructive', and so on… yet, these same folks cannot be found at all. It is obvious that no one knows the future, or what it holds for you, but one thing is for sure, if your heart desires something because it makes you feel happy or good or at peace then you will seek it out.