I searched the Internet, looked in at Squidoo, Wikinut, Infobarrel, and others. I visited Hubpages, and it seemed to me to be a very supportive community. I checked the FAQ, and I found it very instructive and matter-of-fact, I liked the feel of the whole setup, so decided to try it out. When I wrote my first Hub, I was delighted to find I could actually manage the diagramming of the pages, as I'm not too smart at using a computer (still learning). Then I got my first comment, from a level7 commenter no less, and I was hooked! This activity is addictive!
Before even signing up, I sent an email to the Team, asking about taxes, as I reside outside of the US. The answer was prompt and clear. I still find the general set up quite fantastic!