@Vaughany you make some very good points it does seem like none of the short term traders are on the forum or at least not vocal. I suspect though that the majority of them are new and may not even know about the forum though.
It seems that the market is now divided between two categories, the gamblers and the investors. The investors are looking for medium to long term gains and are happy to invest larger sums of money that they hope will steadily grow. The gamblers are looking to invest smaller amounts of money but they are just looking for quick wins and maybe they aren't bothered if they lose out as the alternative is sticking money on an acca or individual bets.
Obvisouly that is just my point of view and my assessment of the current market but I could be wrong Haha. It is yet to be seen whether this is just a phase or not though or maybe the gamblers are here to stay. I think regardless of that you can still trade profitably with the medium to long term in mind you just have to be prepared for a more volatile market.
From my experience this gamblers mentality is new around here and the levels of volatility have increased to never before seen heights as a result. However, once the market and the more experienced traders adjust to this and get used to it I'm sure the gamblers habits will get exploited which may eventually drive them away. Whether that is a good or bad thing though I'm not sure