Bad decisions are what killed Eclipse. Lots of them.
The lack of an engine contributes to the stagnation of the community which is actually a cumulative effect alongside many other problems a few of which I touched upon in the other post, but it’s not solely the reason that’s going to fix everything- if the underlying problems of continual bad decisions doesn’t get fixed soon it’s going to the point where even those of us who still care (to some degree) are going to give up on it.
You could argue that Marsh sold the website because he felt it was stagnating due to the lack of an engine and thus was the catalyst that began the death knells of Eclipse.
I’d argue that when he sold it, it wasn’t much more alive than now. Sure, there may have been more people around but even those numbers don’t compare to what they were in the past.