You know, I only visit this place about once a few months nowdays just for the false hope that something new would've popped up, such as news from BSF2 or something, but this topic made me actually log in, more or so this post;
You can only build and look at so many shiny ships before you think "What's the point?" Spending forever just trying to get doors, weapon sequences, and such to work for the sole purpose of... just showing them off in a gif doesn't help.
Once you've moved on to working on other things, it becomes harder to come back. Myself I would've stuck around longer if we had a less barebones campaign editor, but a new one at this point would be too late as I've set up my own projects to work on instead of taking the time to learn lua.
Because it is pretty much why many people such as myself aswell have lost intrest on this.
It was fun back then to make ships, it was fun to experiment, but then it just started to become less fun and basicly half way though when I was making that pack of sections I just asked myself "why am I doing this again?" and just stopped and started doing other things.
Honestly, one of the only things that actually kept me around was the hope of a good campaign maker, I actually enjoyed making those basic simple ones too, though I had to seriously work around shit such as making meteor ships to distract the AI with.
Honestly speaking, at the current state I don't think there is much we can do for the community, even if we'd get new members they will probably look at the forum area and just state "oh a dead forum, nevermind".
It would require one hell of a update to get enough oldies to return activity to keep this place alive enough for new members to become intrested.