I started frequenting this site back when I was looking to upgrade from my 30D and couldn't decide whether to get a 50D, 7D, used 5D mark I, or bite the bullet and get the 5D Mark II (the end result was the latter). back then the comments were unregulated, and while they could be very snarky and fun they also occasionally got really inappropriate and offensive; I'm glad CR upgraded to the current forum system.
CR guy does an excellent job of cutting out most of the nonsense rumors, and isn't overly gushy/dramatic in his presentation, which I like very much.
there are some great regulars on the forum who have incredible technical knowledge and I love poking in on threads and learning something new about technical aspects of lens design, the electronic workings of cameras, or the manufacturing process.
despite the fact that I'm on here at least as much as anyone else, I've actually never held out on a purchase because of a rumor. and it's never come back to haunt me. didn't wait for the 24-70, didn't wait for a 5D Mark III, didn't wait for a 50 f/1.4 II. not to knock CR guy, but rumors are rumors, and real equipment needs are real equipment needs (and, honestly, I think CR guy would agree with that).
love the site, keep up the great work Craig!