You know how copper was formed? Two magicians fighting over a penny.
If you use this forum every day and you find it useful, what's wrong with paying 6.8 cents a day to access it?
Richard is in a business, a business to make money. Let him make his money, even though it's not alot. It amazes me to thing that people in their own business are rolling in dough and those who aren't are think they are owed something for free.
In the good old days, it cost $6.00 a hour on Compuserve and $5 an hour on GENie (GE's service) to be online. You had excelent support because the forum managers got paid and did the work full time.
Yes, this is a full time job, I did it online from 1979-1999. It takes about 18 hours a day to keep a forum running. Been there, done that.
So Richard should not change his plans, he's doing the right thing with the resources he has. My god, Dustin and Jim moderate for free and in the old days, I'd pay my forum managers $3,000 - $4,000 a month per forum to do the job right. No way that Richard can afford to do that, even though Dustin and Jim are high quality forum managers and are worth that and more.
6.8 cents a day. Open your wallet if you find the forum a value.