I'm not sure if DS9 is growing in popularity. I think at the time when I first joined, I thought it was because I was finally able to talk with other trek fans and found out that DS9 was indeed widely liked, and the DVDs were coming out. I'm sure when the Blu-Rays come out (If they come out), some of that popularity will come back. I know because of this forum and the DVDs (finally being able to see the series again) DS9 became tied with TNG as my favorite series. We just won't see Star Trek like what we had in the 90s again and that's unfortunate.