@Russ I think this place still has a long life ahead of it, for me I still say this is best resource for getting help and forum has lot of good people on staff and in its member ranks.
I personally consider quite a few on here as friends
. never met them though they could be bots!
I am a Robot, I watch TV every night @ 9.00pm on the dot. I always have a whole lot of nothing to say and my spelling is cruel.
Only joking I am only half Robot, but echo what you said TSM. I also think this place has a lot of time left in it, but let's not lie to ourselves, that the demise of the amount of people, that showed their names around here on a Friday and Saturday ? Actually almost every night, back in the day, And TBH it was just started around the release of Giants ModHub, and not Blaming the Modhub for the lack of members active on here, just some people use a different source for banter and also move away from the game.
I myself don't see myself on here as much as I used to, usually log in to have a quick look on the forum to see if I could help anyone with issues, and then check my pm's and reply back to any I receive, but when I was a mod I would have came in from work, switched on FS-UK and it would have been on all night as another open screen, while I done other things also.
The fact that Giants gives out a little tiny coin to the modeller for their work, has taken a good portion of people away from the sites they grew up to know, not saying they have all became a member of Giants forum and all, they just create their models in their own space, have a little banter on the likes of Discord or facebook, and then off to ModHub the model goes. I feel that is how everyone works now, and a shame for the likes of FS-UK, who have been hear through a lot of stuff, but still kept their forum going no matter what.
There is only so much you can do, and when I think back all those years of logging in, and the friends I have made along the way, Not too many enemies (thank god) I thank FS-UK Staff and Russ and Oli, for keeping this site going and making this a decent place for people to meet, and also share what knowledge they know about the game or even real life issues.
May FS-UK live for a good few years to come I say.