a. I have one forum right now (and administrate another non-XF forum).
b. Yep; one member has been particularly helpful with server setup and other things I don't understand very well.
c. No...we'll split any profits, but I don't foresee any right away, lol.
d. Well, it's my only source of income, but that's only because I'm not currently employed, haha.
p.s. Is your site based on everything geeky, haha, or is there a focused theme of discussion?
nccbmwcca.org all me income for maintaining it
318ti.org some mods, adsense and site supporters for income. Meets the bills and a little extra
bronxroots.com me alone but haven't really promoted it
bavforums.com me alone and I haven't promoted it
lovemyjrt.com shared responsibilities with 3 others
I only have one right now, but I plan on searching the web for forums with the most user traffic. I plan on purchasing one at first, but eventually have a few dozen high traffic forum sites which I will monetize with advertizing and cross promote from each other.
I won't actually do anything to improve the communities, I'll just drive them into the ground. When that starts to die, I'll take the money I've sucked off the sites like a bloated leech and use it to purchase a software company. I'll use my same model - successful for syphoning off funds, but terrible for the people using - to ruin the software company.
If anyone dares leave and attempt to build a qaulity product to compete with my software before its inevitable demise, I will fraudulently and frivilously sue them for having a broken axe handle. Why "a boken axe handle" you ask? Because when its nothing more than a flimsy excuse, any excuse will do, no matter how nonsensical.
"Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. But whats puzzling you is the nature of my game."
I created what eventually became one of the world's most active motorcycle forums, but sold it a few years ago just before the motorcycle industry plummeted. The monthly infrastructure costs were greater than my mortgage, but it supported itself (and then some). I miss running the site, but believe it was a good decision.
My goal is to build a new set of communities that operate more efficiently and reach close-knit groups. The current traffic is but a fraction of what I used to support, but the monthly revenue pays for the infrastructure costs (and then some). I've spent the last two years driving-down costs and developing more efficient ways to maintain security/stability but yet continue to delight my users.