I joined this site back in Novemeber, 2009. (omg, almost 10 years now!
Dezzy94, I think back then what made the site good in the....as you call it "best days", was the fact that on any day you logged into the site, there would be anywhere between 10 and 47 members online.
As well as there being anywhere from at least 2, up to (occasionally) 12-15 members, in the old Chatbox. Most of the time it would average out to between 5 to 8 people being in the Chatbox, during the awake times of day in America.
I remember after reading and replying to someone's new post - you would go back to the "new posts" page - and there would have been sometimes up to 8 more new full-text posts (not counting the word answers to Game Threads) posted in that short time.
So yes, it was a hell of a lot more active. But it depends on whether you believe quantity is best, and close bonds, come second to that.
Fewer members does not make it any less of a good site, in my opinion.
As one of the few people that still come in here (Fountain was in here in 2009 too!), and as already mentioned, all the people in the site now are awesome - and I would also add - they are extremely supportive and good quality humans!!