Refusing to contribute £5 a YEAR to help keep this place the great place it is? I respect your individual choice but just can't fathom the logic...
I'm only really here for the giggles these days. Yes I asked a technical question in off topic the other day and took advantage. In my time as a member here I would like to think I have given back the community what I have taken from it, they may only be simple jobs but I bothered to contribute to the FAQ section a couple of times as well as try and answer threads when people had similar issues to me. I still occasionally get PMs about stuff that I have posted about.
I am of the school of thought and have seen on other sites that once you start paying for the service that has always been free, the days are numbered. Once the freeloaders go, there's not much else to say. Love them or hate them, the random noobs give you something to talk about and moderate.
Here we have a forum dedicated to a car that is now between 12 and 16 years old, with values plummeting. Everything that can happen to these cars has happened already. As a non owner I am only here because of the friendships built up with other members, already I cannot post in technical forums to answer questions asked in the correct section, it just seems to die a little more every day here.
Like running a forum about VHS or Super Nintendo, it is not your fault that the product you are discussing has had its day.
This place was once great. It is still good. I still come here a lot now, but I can see that it has a finite shelf life that is coming to a premature end.