it is a bit frustrating to hear folks constantly talk about Season 6 as a tech season. So far, we've had 9 scenarios where only 3 are tech.
But the first three scenarios were tech. The Guide is tech. Tech PCs were introduced. The Season started with tech.
This has been a very common misconception with some of my local players as well as many online players as of late. Not to say everyone's reaction to that has been negative.
Also I have to agree about the rule bloat issue becoming increasingly problematic, however I doubt very much that is having an impact on the number of active players.
The online community's activity level seems to hit spurts of activity and it has been a bit slow in the wake of the most recent Aethercon, but we are heading into the holiday season which puts additional demands on people's time.