It's true! There was a bug in the code that activated the first of the new year that caused this. The bug has been fixed in the latest release. I am soon to put the site in maintenance mode, make a final back-up, then update the code to the latest version.
And again, almost ironically, the threat of the bug has been exaggerated.
No, it's that after a certain age some people don't want to be bothered with learning a whole new technology. Once you understand it, your not suddenly going to abandon using it just because your getting older.