First, I want to say thanks for a great site! As a newbie, this site has been invaluable in teaching me about the espresso brewing process and how to evaluate equipment (still anxiously awaiting my Expobar Office Lever
I realize this may be off topic, and it's usually a very good idea to stay away from anything even remotely political on a non-political forum, but given that HB gets so much of its value from its user content, this is an issue that has a direct impact on HB.
The US House of Representatives is currently considering the Stop Online Piracy Act (known as SOPA - the Senate version is the Protect IP Act). There is a strong concern among many leaders in the internet community that this act would have a severe negative effect on the free flow of information on the internet. In particular, there are grave reservations about certain provisions of the bill that could impact sites that host user-generated content. This wikipedia page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act#Negative_impact_on_websites_that_host_user_content
, explains some of the arguments.
Of course, there are 2 sides to any issue, but if you have concerns about this bill I think it would be a good idea to add a banner or link on the homepage that let's users know how it could potentially affect HB.
Again, thanks for such a great site, especially to all the tinkerers who share so many tips and technical knowledge about their machines.