I was wondering about this forum, how much it costs to maintain, and all that.
I'm also on an Ant Forum from another provider and I feel it's to expensive for what it is. We've been meaning to move for a while now but the Mod keeps shouting "but we'll lose all the old posts." Honestly I don't think they're all worth keeping. I have no idea how but apparently there are ways to auto transfer this post information to a new forum.
How is this board created. I've gone on other forums and it seems like people can just magically make them without the help of a higher corporation like forum provider.
Forum related expenses.
DNS (can be brought to none with free DNS service)
Bandwidth (a biggie, if you run the server from home, your costs will be lower but you may not have enough bandwidth and you may violate your terms of service).
Hosting/Server Costs vary your own server at home may be cheap however it may not have server specifications. Co hosting and dedicated servers have their own costs. Simple hosting is avaliable for less but your disk space is limited.
Backup depending on hosting and diskspace this can be a small expense or a large one.
Forum non related expenses
Stress from dealing with downtime, trolls, and spammers.
Loss of time with family.
Staff volunteers can be like Staph infections.