I'm wondering now if things are not slower here than they have been in the past.
Even though I've never joined before, I've been here before and it seems to me it was more active. What has happened, I wonder? I never went in for the mayhem that is slashdot, but they are active -- I'll give them that.
I like the minimalism of the site, but I wonder if that has anything to do with the apparent lack of interest. My sites are similarly (well, not quite) minimalist and we have been criticised for not being 'jazzy enough'. I would have thought a lot of serious hackers would go for this sort of lean content driven stuff. However, there seems to be a lack of interest, going by the number of articles and replies.
OTH -- maybe less is more with respect to the traffic here. I noticed that the replies to one of my articles here were quite thoughtful. Maybe a lower amount of high quality traffic is best. I will ponder this.