Plus the growth of the internet
Well...yeah. That helped drive traffic here, too.
But besides the burgeoning number of Internet subscriptions of the time there was a mad rush of interest in the Trek franchise thanks to Voyager
airing its final episodes and the finale where the ship and crew finally make it back home as well as the launch of what was still called "Series V."
Seems like every day we had a slew of n00bs and Cadets introducing themselves to the forums. One of the first posters I remember interacting with in the spring of 2001 was The Kaylar.
Anybody else remember them?