If you were receiving a generic message like that, it'd probably be from a script.
Though I wonder what they're spending their SGU time on now, compared to some years ago. Sometimes they made comments about the forums multiple episodes in a row, and I think Steve said he went to the forums to look for topics/news.
I also wonder how much the data loss affected the forums, and the nature of them. That's the last thing I remember them commenting on (about the forums on the podcast), how much they screwed up by not properly backing up.
One of my favorite parts of podcasts is how they build and interact with fan communities. I haven't really felt that from the SGU recently. It seems like funny to have this huge community of enthusiastic fans on this forum, and not to engage with them at all. I contribute financially to several podcasts, including the SGU. I appreciate the work that the SGU does, but I'm definitely considering reallocating my listening time and financial contributions to podcasts that put a higher emphasis on interaction with listeners.
I feel the same. I have only been listening for two years, but when you go back and listen to all the episodes in order I feel like there is a noticeable drop off in effort in the last couple years. Maybe not. Might just be me, or that the bar was set higher when Perry and Rebecca were part of the show. I have canceled my paid subscription though. I just don't couldn't figure how I should give the SGU $8 a month for the similar amount of content that I get from a dozen other podcasts that don't get nearly as much money from me. Don't get me wrong, the SGU is still my favorite science podcast, but it did seem to be better in the past.