I too would prefer that OT have its' own place and not joined with the General Knitting board. I was wondering if maybe How To and Pattern Questions could be joined since they are very similar. Then that would free up a section for the OT again.
I understand too that this time of year may have a lot to do with the lack of traffic and comments posted.
The fact that post to Sells and Trades, etc. have fallen off a lot may be because of the bad economy.
When on this site, I feel more like a part of a family of knitters. Ravelry is a great site, but I get lost in the forum and it is very hard for me to go back to a post I read or posted to in the fast.
I hope the decline here will not in anyway harm the life expectancy of this website. I have looked through many sites looking for a second one to have as a kind of back up, but so far none compare or have the appeal that this site does.
The ones that maintain and keep this site up and going do a great job. THANKS GUYS/GALS!