In fairness, we've had quite a few speculatory threads of late. But really, this reminds me of the quieter points during 2012/13 and then we had a sudden uptick of new members around the Fall of 2013. I expect something similar for late next year.
That's good to know, but I'm still not convinced. Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention, but I can barely recall any 'relevant' new users here from 2017 and newer, whereas from 2012-13 there are plenty of people I can remember, some of which had a considerable impact on the community.