.... and the people who run it.
I hope this site lasts for as long as I do, at the very least. If PCA are suffering a bit at the moment then there is not much us punters can do to help. As one or two of you know already, I do not like finger wagging preachers expounding their opinions here, or offering advice when it has not been asked for. I realise I am going to be flamed for this but this was my response to a Consumerwatch thread.
I will say no more on this subject. Except thanks to PCA and most of all Peter (FE) who by his knowledge and obvious wisdom commands my utmost respect.
I wonder how many people are like me. I buy every issue of PCA purely to pay back something for my free use of this site. Before I discovered the site I didn't buy PCA EVERY month. I buy from the newsagents on impulse (or interest in the content) for all the other computer mags I read.
I would happily pay a little extra for PCA. I would have long since subscribed were it not for the many problems subscribers have posted here, mainly about non-delivery I think.
If PCA are in the doldrums then unfortunately they are not alone. It's not just this industry either, by a very long piece of schoolboy chalk, and it looks as if things generally are going to get much worse during 2003.
One thing we could all do is try to save space, especially in the helproom, by posting ONLY to a request for help and then only if we genuinely think we can help resolve someones problem, keeping all other irrelevant comments and unasked for advice to ourselves. Also there are a lot of threads opened up that are simply statements of opinion that really are not questions at all but receive an overwhelming response when (as with the recent Kazaa Guy) no response at all would be much the best thing.
Anyway, I don't think there is much we can do to help. It is after all a commercial decision which will eventually be decided by PCA .. one way or the other.