No. I know of no professional that would say such a thing. I don't think you've ever sold forum advertising? I have in the past. They don't count on data that can be manipulated. They will look at actual participation. They want to know the forum is well managed. Among other things.The best metrics everyone has is Alexa. And my argument is that it is more useful, or as useful as it was in the past, due to the pandemic and a surge in online shopping.
I'm also curious why did you change your views on forum moderating?
"When members repeatedly break the rules and run amuck, they make me, and everyone else who cares about their personal image, look bad."
You were right back then. What you used to complain about, is what you're allowing now at this forum. 30 bumps is running amuck and repeatedly breaking the rules.