you are reading thing into my statement I didn't say. I said the mudcat was more then a social gathering. I didn't say anything about it being significantly more then just a social gathering in any way that it didn't used to be.
Yes, the database has gotten bigger. The forum archive has gotten bigger. there is also an incredible amount of knowledge available - and if not avaialbe frequently someone can point to a resource. As long as those are available this will never be "Only a social gathering" - whether you care to think so or not.
The social aspects keep people around to be able to answer those questions.
Y'know - one complaint we hear over and over again is "there isn't anything of interest to me in the music section" SO START SOME THAT DO!!!!!! Or collate a bunch of threads on a subject and then post a set of links. OR bring the mudcat into other facets of your life and hunt down some of the unanswered questions, or find some of the unposted tunes. Or post something about which you have knowledge and see what else it pulls to the surface.
there are darn few days that have gone by that a post on the mudcat hasn't sent me out onto the web, or to the library in search of further information - sometimes music related, sometimes not.