I'd been play TF2 since it came out but didn't find this place until January this year.
I found this server through the Internet tab of steam as it had instaspawn and a free space.
After logging on I realised that people were actually talking. Not (just!) bitching at the noobs on the server who didnt know how to uber yet but actual conversations.
It was this that hooked me.
The mulit-cultural, multi-national, multi-ways-of-getting-off-your-face place for everyone!