I thought you were a Johnny come lately!
Seriously though it's quite amazing that admin has turned a varsity side project into a viable and long term business that has staff, premises, pays tax and all that other legit stuff. I'm sure he's taken a lot of bribes in the form of bike porn in the name of journalism along the way. He will deny this, as he should.
I think I joined during the TCS era, bike hub was a bit wild but still building up to peak crazee. I came from the back ground of the warthogs Mtb mailing list. Turns out a forum had so much more functionality!
Mailing lists are mostly dead. Many forums have been superceded by web 3.0 Facebook and twitgram stuff, but here we still are. It's not by accident that thehubsa is now the biggest cycling resource on the country. I'm shocked to see actual hardcopy cycling magazines still existing in the supermarket queue. Who on earth funds that recycling machine? Remember the news24 comments section, well this here website predates and outlived that monster!
So ja, a cycling forum it is. If the medium term goal is a focus on quality classifieds and blocking controversial NCR discussion I am happy in the knowledge that it is not a decision taken lightly. I also have that yellow thing on the left mainly because I believe there is a place for a local cycling forum cooking and these guys are doing a good job at it so worth supporting.
The only thing that doesn't seem to change here is people thinking they know better than Matt and nick on what is required to make this place work. Bless their optimism.
Finally, I got an email last week from the cyclingtips people. I think I'm on their radar due to being in their simple but effective fantasy games. They have... Shock shock horror... Just launched a forum. They're smart aussies, and clearly wanted to expand their community (which also has a subscription component). I'm automatically a member so had a poke around. Early days but the threads are all totally cycling related and damn interesting.