Posted by Dr. Bob on November 20, 2001, at 19:16:11
In reply to Re: an idea?, posted by sar on November 20, 2001, at 0:54:01
> can tou afford this? i remember reading that you get some insane number of hits daily...i've no idea how much how it costs to maintain a website...
I can afford it, but it would be nice if it were self-sufficient. It costs $300 per month (for 800 MB; we were over 900 for a while, but I came up with a way to save some space -- 300 MB! -- so we're back under again).
> why do you do this? why do *you* run this site?
Selfish altruism? :-)
> maybe one of these days i'll spend my weekely drinking money on a donation for the site.
Hmm, interesting idea, and people who gave up smoking could donate *that* money...
> > > what if you chose from a pool of professionals who were willing to do the service for no charge? or do you feel that would hurt the integrity of PB?
> what pool of professionals? whatever colleagues you could get your hand on. i would imagine that there are some professionals who would be delighted to help out the commonfolk for no charge
I let colleagues know about it, but I don't try to twist anyone's arm. If they come, they come. And there *are* some professionals here, you know...
> i dunno, i feel like the best information i've gotten is from the other posters...
That came up when I asked about who people trusted. Which, BTW, I've since added to the FAQ:
> and i know this has probably been brought up before but have you thought about advertisements? totally tacky,yes, but with all the hits you get and devoted babblers...
Online advertising isn't what it used to be, and who wants a tacky site, anyway? :-)