I'm not too sure if Neopets dying is causing the recent "inactivity" that the older members like Sweeney are speaking of. There were just as many active members in 2005/2006 as now I think, but boy were the people in 05/06 ever posting. We'd consistently hit over 1000 posts per day on the forum, just from.... who knows what. Now, we barely hit 300 some days.
What do you figure it is that causes people to post like that? Pride that people have in the site? I know that's what gets me going sometimes.
I may not have been here for years and years like most of you but I think I have a theory to why there aren't as many posts. I'm not trying to offend anyone and I don't think anyone here is sensitive enough to get offended by this anyway so here it is. The majority of people on this site are just complete assholes. The environment on this forum a lot of the time comes off as very hostile and discouraging. I think much of the time people, especially new members, are discouraged from posting because whenever they do one or two or five members hop on it, chew it up, and spit it out. So the next time that person wants to post, they reconsider because it's not really worth getting trolled and flamed just because they may not know as much as everyone else or they are newer to the site than everyone else. And I've seen this happen over and over and over in threads and status updates as well. It creates a very hostile and ultimately unfriendly atmosphere. I feel like if that weren't the case, more people would post about more things. I think over time the hostility grew, maybe it wasn't always like this and that's why there used to be more posts a day.
And now after reading more replies, I see I'm not the only one who feels this way.