Today, after eight years and many hundreds of thousands of user comments, we are closing down the 606 website.
I explained in my original blog post back in January why we had taken this decision. The headline is that the BBC as a whole is cutting costs and is taking a more streamlined approach to its online offering. For us at BBC Sport this means we are focusing on the priority areas of our website: the latest news across a whole range of sports and live coverage of the biggest events.
In many ways 606 belongs to an earlier era of the web. Technology and user behaviour have been transformed in the years since it was launched in 2003. As I have mentioned before, it is worth remembering that this was back in the days before the likes of Facebook and Twitter came along to change not only the internet but, some would argue, create whole new forms of social interaction.
I know many people still use 606 and enjoy the banter and the chance to exchange views with fellow fans on the sporting issues of the day. And it is worth stressing that all of us at BBC Sport Online are proud that 606 established itself as such a popular forum for debate. But we have had to accept that things move on and, with user numbers declining for a number of years now (the audience has halved since 2008), the end of the 2010-11 football season feels like an appropriate time to bring things to a close.