A forum on a particular topic fills a need for us to expand our knowledge on that topic. Many people pop in to a number of forums (on the same topic) and often just settle where they feel most comfortable. Because people move around a bit, discussion threads will cross-pollenate and is a good thing - to spread the "word" to the widest possible audience.
I believe that a lot depends on how a particular forum is administered - that makes members feel "comfortable". The busiest forum is not always the one that you may wish to assosiate with. I pop into a number of very large, busy forums from time to time and find that I have to wade through mounds of utter garbage to find a little useful information. These types of forums appeal to many - who enjoy the "banter" (good or bad).
Cruiser Log is one of the older cruising forums (we've seen a few come and go) and, although not the largest membership, is a good, friendly, knowledgeabe, loyal community.
It is a case of "slot in where you're comfortable and where there is good topic discussion".
It is good to have you here.
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