Ah, you've been searching through the "archives" of Scified. I came across that too a while back, and here's my theory. I think it's just the system saying that they left then. It's actually that they left a long time earlier, even many years before. Some kind of update made it look like they were still on back in January 18th. Perhaps it didn't always show the last time they were active on Scified? Or some reworking of that system happened on January 18th? But, still, it couldn't have been a bunch of people driven away on that day. If some important update did happen and drove people away, there would still be some people that left another day or two after or before, so it wouldn't exactly be January 18th for all of them.
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A lot of people were gone months, even years before then. My guess was a system update or something that reset everyone’s last online time to that time and date.
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TheLazyFish that seems a more reasonable case. Sci Fi King25 how active are you usually?
The true shark boy I noticed that too. IDK about other forums but it was right around that time when the Alien Covenant movie came and went and interest died down. Judging by the top 50 on the leader boards, I don't think it was a technical issue. There have been a few updates but they were just inconvenient from what I saw. Maybe people moved on.
At any rate, that is a good observation and I wonder the same thing. Maybe you could PM an Administrator?
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