I think the current quietness is a mix of things: COVID, it being the end of summer in the northern hemisphere, and people being more active on social media where new product info for popular brands gets posted first these days (something that's been a factor in Specktra's overall decline in activity for years).
Also: there aren't many people interested in MAC anymore for whatever reason, and Specktra's identity for its entire fifteen-year history has been as being a MAC centric forum (even though we have this entire section to talk about other brands and such).
There's also a bit of a disconnect between these forums and our Instagram, I'm noticing. Some of the brands Dolly has featured on there are brands that most of us active members have never heard of or aren't interested in so we don't talk about them here. If someone came over here from IG looking for threads discussing those new releases, they would be frustrated because there'd be almost nothing for them.
And talking just for myself, there are several brands I'm interested in (both ones with products I've tried and ones I haven't but want to dive into) that I'm hesitant to talk about here because I'm not sure others will be or are as interested as I am.