Here are the one-year numbers since 2013, and the 2019 numbers ‘to date’. They all use the same start-end points, and the same data source, so any variations caused by differing ‘period datasets’ apply equally to each set.
EVE Offline population averages, @1 yr periods, late Dec. to mid-Jan :
2016: 34k (with several months of Alpha boost)
2017: 35k (Alpha)
2018: 33k (Alpha)
2019: 30k (Alpha)
Note that my post referred to ‘player numbers’. Not bot/AFK/free alt/‘new downloads that last less than 2 hours’ numbers. Not ‘we now run events that only require a login and nothing else, because only logins are publicly tracked’ numbers.
I also didn’t have to make up any bulls**t about ‘graphing software that drops data points’ or ‘gives misleading results depending on the period size you look at’ to defend my point.
If you can’t perceive the drop in actual player numbers, not ephemeral logins caused by F2P and fake events, then you really aren’t aware of what’s going on in the game around you.
Start paying attention, and stop flailing around making up BS about imaginary dropped points and graphing software that ignores data.