I agree with DD. (Nicely written DD)
The cafe is a fantastic free resource and as far as im concerned its as good as any paid for resource, though in its own unique way.
I used to trawl the net for different forums regarding FFL's but like Terp said, once I found the Cafe most of my needs were taken care of.
Sure you dont get in depth stats here but you get lots and lots of up the the minute info and advice from a wide spectrum of people. If you look for advice in other places you will typically get a generic response and its unlikely one so called expert will publicly disagree with one of his peers, whereas at the cafe you get open and often differing views from a wide range of people which in my mind gives you far more information to work with when making a decision.
Ive not met a friendlier bunch of people on the net.
Finally, the Cafe is free and I know of no plans to change that, quite the opposite in fact, its been said we will never charge.
I do however have experience of free sites HAVING to charge minor fee's in the end in order to pay for bandwidth and to survive, so being the realist I am, I wouldnt be surprised if one day in the future a bill arrived at my house from the powers that be here at the Cafe.