Daniel: your suggestion doesn't reflect the fact
that 2014's election
had roughly 60% the voters of the year before. We definitely didn't
have anywhere near that much of a drop in editing metrics.
It wasn't a "suggestion". My point, more bluntly, was that there are an
awful lot of Wikipedians, maybe not all or even many of them people who make
edits on a daily basis, but do so regularly, for whom the ArbCom is
irrelevant. And that perception would be independent of any editing metrics.
On another note, was 2014 the year we went to a secret ballot to elect
arbitrators? Or had that been the year before?