... mainly because the old " Boards for hobbies ", and the later DIY forums were run by enthusiasts for whatever interest they had. The bulk of sites found today when one looks up on the various search engines sources for DIY knowledge, end up being "For Profit" ventures that often give more advertising than knowledge.
The fact that the OP asks "What have we done for DIY Sites in return for their Service?" makes me wonder if they are doing a market study, rather than asking an innocent question.
I could put forth a different, yet totally relevant question. What do DIY forums do for the people whose knowledge (that they lend free of charge) makes the forums very existence possible?
I am doing a bit of research on "Evolution of DIY Forums". So, kindly please share your thoughts for my question.
We all know that we all have benefited by these forums.
What ever doubt we have, we just put it here, get responses in hours at the maximum in a week. But, i feel many of us just get the information from others, but never done anything in return to their services.
What have we done to these forums in return for their services?