I am new to Forums and thinking of starting a Forum with XF-technology (starting from scratch) and thought I might dare to ask a few business-related questions to this community of experienced and professional Forum-webmasters. Considering the many thousands of forums in existence for several years now, most of them enjoy a huge "first-mover-advantage". Which leads me to the following questions: - is there still a chance to compete with established Forums ? - does it make business-sense to operate a Forum ? - what is the best niche to be in, to operate a profitable Forum ? - is it possible to make a living off from running a Forum ? - what are the key-ingredients ? Is it just "passion" or are there any "secrets" ? If you are not comfy to answer here, would be nice to receive a PM from you guys.