Hi there, my sweetheart
I'm glad I popped in and read this thread. I've been debating this very subject within myself the past week or so.
My opinion? Many people come and go around here. Daily, members are joining, and members are leaving, some for good, and some just for a break. But, I think that ones that love this place the most, like most of the ones you named, are the ones who will eventually find their way back, whether it's because they miss writing, miss the people, or miss this poetry sanctuary. You're back, I'm back.. Dopes is back (as best as he can)... that says something.
Talk to you soon.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's that the most frustrated people in the world are those who know they're stupid, but keep trying anyway.