It's pretty great that this forum is still chugging along when SO many others have fizzled completely in the face of many changes that I suppose are pretty obvious:
1) the decline of the PC
2) the move of reviews to youtube
3) the lack of overclockability of processors (until a microarchitecture revolution happens, headroom is going to keep declining)
4) the popularity of reddit
5) the collapse of NCIX
6) high price of some components - especially GPUs
7) the death of Moore's Law (not worth upgrading as often)
8) popularity of consoles for gaming
Look at the join dates of the people in this thread - most have been here at least 10 years and I get the sense that many active members are IT types. It's a small niche these days and I am not really in it anymore despite being one of the first members here and a former reviewer and moderator (crappy at both, I am afraid). I haven't upgraded my PC in quite a while because the GPU I bought for $750 in 2014 is still not worth replacing at current prices and I have children now.
I just checked techgage - a similar sort of Canadian tech site to HWC but unlike HWC, techgage still cranks out written reviews, but they haven't had a post on their forums since 2018.
I credit the continued life of this forum to the quality and civility of the members and to a handful of kind and helpful very active members who create a nice atmosphere here.
I hope HWC keeps going though and I would kick in a little dosh if necessary, though not $50 per month
side question: Is HWC still owned GTO Media which is in turn owned by Feng Qing Long a la Netlink?
Sky's touched on that a couple times, A quick post about it is here;
NCIX and Direct Canada removed from PC Part Picker - Page 2 - Hardware Canucks
There's a longer explanation on the forum somewhere, but basically HWC's been its own entity for years.