There has been a decline in string research. What lessons can we learn from this? First of all just to establish the basic fact, look at the numbers of papers posted on arXiv per 12-month period, there has been a substantial decline over the period 2000 to June 2004. I'll supply links to the arXiv search engine for anyone who hasnt already seen the stringy research paper counts. However there has been an if anything sharper decline in the research quality (as gauged by citations). There were less than half as many recent highly-cited stringy papers in 2003 as there were in 2002. I'll supply links to the Stanford/SLAC HEP database that just issued its citations report for 2003, for anyone who hasnt checked it out already. The decline in string research has affected both the raw number of papers and the number of highly-cited papers What is happening in stringy research that correlates with this sudden falling off? What basic physics issues have emerged in this connection? How do statements by string leaders----Leonard Susskind, Tom Banks, David Gross, Mike Douglas, Edward Witten---correlate with the drop off? Are any of their recent remarks relevant: do they explain (to some extent at least) what is going on? Fortunately the answer is a partial yes: there are recent comments by Susskind and others that shed a little light on this. Hopefully we can gather some of these words-from-the-wise and post them, or links to them, on this thread. What, if anything, can we infer? It may be that stringy research has encountered interesting physical-theoretical obstacles which would be informative to sketch out.