Since I've come back I also noticed '2b2' wasn't posting.
I blame Ford, they didn't resurrect Mercury.
Seriously, I think the lack of activity in this forum in general is probably also the reason Ford stocks are down-->nothing interesting (new) to talk about.
For the longest time most discussions here have been "what ifs", wish lists, and rumors. Discussion of new car models have died down because we know they will no longer come to the US (I believe many active members here are North American-based), the Ranger won't go on sale till next year, and Ford isn't talking about its upcoming Bronco or GT500.