I personally use the forum and the resources to test design solutions when trying out things.
I am a strong believer that font designers are hard working people who have to be paid for the hundreds of hours they spend on drawing and programming.
As i am primarily using the fonts section my thought goes in that direction.
More Type foundries are offering demo versions of theri fonts - that is great. But the majority doesn't and that is when printroot is a great forum. If i do sketching for a client and they end up using that design - and the typeface, i buy - or demand my client to buy a font license from the vendor.
In that way everybody win. The type designer sell a license to a happy client. He og she get paid and can continue making great fonts… and i can continue making great designs with great fonts… etc.
What is your thoughts?