Here is an article expressing one Researchers thoughts on h2g2. Follow the link to It's life Jim, but not as we know it.. to discover what other people have to say, and the reply from the 'Towers'
Although h2g2 is growing bigger by the day we still do not have a good definition for it. When I started as a researcher about seven months ago, h2g2 seemed to be a very sophisticated chat-box. Things have sure changed since then. During my 'researchership' I have seen announcements of births (congratulations Jim!), obituaries, announcements of first concerts as a supporting act, get togethers, et cetera. Oh, and age is not an issue here, your behaviour is... On a more personal note I might add that there are even people who found each other on the forums...
So, I think it is high time that somebody said 'Thank You Very Much!!' to all the people who make h2g2 possible. I take my hat of to you sirs and ladies. One of the first really digital communities. Let's hope it will last for a long time.