Originally posted by Linds
While it may be affordable to run a regular website, don't let that fool you in to thinking that running a server of this magnitude is the same. This site is VERY expensive to run, especially with all the feebie services it provides to its 6000+ members. It has been a problem in the past, and obviously it has become too expensive...
The only big cost of running a website like this is bandwidth. The domain name would be $40 per year. Vbulletin is not terribly expensive. You could run the freeware if you wanted. All the ads plastered in the home page and scattered throughout the site should easily pay for the costs of running it, not to mention a little left over. But it's already been mentioned that it's not our site, it's Jeff's, and he can do what he wants with it.
It does look like crap though, and my donation won't be coming any sooner because of it. Just my $.02. Not looking for a flame war.