Hello TE members, according to your numbers the peak for this site seems to be from 2004-2009. The site was sold by the original creator, Adam Silverton, in 2009 and some important changes were made. These changes were too egregious for some professional photographers. I agree with all that Rosemary has said, and the reasons are many and varied.
That being said, I love this site. I am not a professional photographer but I peruse the sites that the [professionals use to seek critiques for their work. I am realistic enough to know that I am not in the same class as them but I have learned a great deal from them.
From my own personal experience on this site I have tried to welcome and embrace new members to this site. And I will continue to do so.