We got a tweet last night that asked:
That said, we can look at the last year of someone's "years active" field and make a semi-educated guess as to who is no longer active, but it is an inexact science since the years active field is not always a reliable indicator.
(Currently, we track the year that a movie is released, not the year it is produced. There may be a large gap between the two. Some studios (cough, Vivid, cough) will sit on titles for a year or more in order to keep new product in the pipeline long after a popular performer has left the set, as it were.)
The problem with @BlackSexxxology's request is the info is too soon... 2011 was two weeks ago. We have no idea who decided to quit porn and move home on New Year's Eve... the only thing we can ask the database is "who didn't release any movies after 2011?" and we don't know that yet. Won't know it for 6 months or so. The answers it will spit back are far too numerous to draw any conclusions from.
But, we do know it (or can guesstimate it) for years prior to 2011, so we added a new section to our advanced search page which will allow you to look up the performers who have stopped releasing movies in any given year.