if we like - our forum is now eight years old, and going strong.
Way back in December 2000 there were only about 1500 of us, but we were a loyal band - discussing all kinds of things late into the night. We enticed new members into the fold with this snappy little blurb:
"Once you have registered you will have access to forums primed with questions and answers covering four hot categories - from technical queries and general consumer advice to the latest on the magazine"
It worked, and we were soon joined by lots of new members - hundreds at first, but the thousands started ticking up remarkably quickly.
Who except me remembers those far-off days, when Windows 98 was going strong, and Windows ME was the new kid on the block?
I was hovering about in PCA,trying to encourage my friends to join as then they could see for themselves where I was getting the info to fix my PC(instead of phoning them & asking them to come over & sort my BSOD's)I had a spell as other usernames because I had forgotten my login/lost the URL/killed my PC and used friends PC's to get in PCA.I dont post nearly as often,and very rarely in the helproom.I do research the Vista room though,as (despite swearing I'd sooner die than run an OS so bloated I would need build a new PC) I have 2 Vista machines.
I can't remember when I got "Hooked" but it's probably been about five years. I think I found my way to the help room first and then graduated. I would also like to congratulate the forum on its eighth birthday. Long may it reign..