Hey, yzarc. Most of the missing people you mentioned just got lives. As far as I know, they're all still out there somewhere. I play a lot less too, but I check in on what everyone is doing. After all, it's the interaction with other players that keeps us coming back.
And I second Pootie's wish... for long stuff, forward is better. And one personality at a time.
Slotted spoons don't hold much soup. - Stephen Sondheim