This site has cost me thousands of dollars to host and maintain for the last 15 years. I had to pay $20K to get rukind.com from a bunch of agro investors from the days before rukind was rukind. All because I thought it'd be cool if we could have a place on the internet to talk about a subject we all love (and I love the name rukind). So, I'd put it at about $25,000 to create a place that Waldo and many others decided to show up on one day and dump all their knowledge on to this board for no other reason that they care too, and respect the scene.
And that's not including the time I spent actually developing the site, which I consider a labor of love, even though it appears at times to be for people who are really ungrateful and certainly not kind. It's like every five years we have people who come in here determined to destroy rukind, and, eventually they leave. It seems we are in one of those moments now.
In all these years, I have NEVER placed a paid banner ad, an admission fee, a commission on private sales made in the garage sale section, or asked for any money from anyone at all on this site. It has, and I wish for it to always be FREE.
What about you? Certain people get it, others don't - which one are you? Or, how about a little "live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly"
PS - we all should pay homage the man who started it all, Ed Bick.