I think PD is right, sometimes these halls seem a little empty.
I look at who's on line at times only to realize that it is lonely here. And then there's today. Cold, rainy, bike is tucked away, motivation seems to be lacking, so in here looks pretty good.
(edit) Adding on because I though about this overnight.
Membership? Should I say that "main stream" social media, requires you to log in to see most content, while the forums let you cruise thru most content and gain access to a lot of technical info. But yet most of the world (and a few posers) stick to FB for the one stop shopping of KLR info, burger menus, music reviews, Honda Civic exhaust, HAM radio stuff, coffee mug collections, and an occasional cat video. And at the end of the day, you couldn't go back and find that little shred of info you were looking for without taking 3.67 hours of cruising the above stuff.
But here, we all share the love of one of our passions that let's us ride. We, in some way, know each other and gain respect for each other by the plain simple (OK, not so simple at times) suggestions we get from each other.
And we can also feel free to bash away at a newbie for asking about tires or what oil to burn away in a Gen II.
But we can also pay our dues and move on with knowing that it's happened before, and will again.