First off, I'm only quoting you Lonn to extend this line of discussion, not to question what you're saying or expect you to have all (or any) of the answers.
Nothing. lol just like they are doing now hahaFirst off, I'm only quoting you Lonn to extend this line of discussion, not to question what you're saying or expect you to have all (or any) of the answers.
Web hosting is, in the grand scheme of things, fairly cheap. I have a shared professional hosting account that is roughly $10 / month and offers "unlimited" bandwidth. I've been running sites a long time and not too naive to think that if my little domains were generating enough traffic or consuming enough bandwidth / CPU to crush the server I was on, they would let me know and renegotiate the terms of our arrangement. That's how shared hosting tends to work - the squeaky wheel gets replaced (so to speak).
The point is, I'm thinking of hosting costs in the context of the donations many have made here to keep this place going and it's hard to fathom how "traffic" (give or take) is keeping them from pulling the plug on this place in two weeks.
Potentially rebellious question here but when you get down to brass tacks, what exactly do "we" the users get from Gear Talk that is indispensable? Asked a different way, if I go register "squierfans.net" tomorrow and install a discussion board on it and invite a bunch of people to check it out, what are they going to do?
Ultimately no. The continuation of the proliferation of the spam will consume server memory and resources. If there's a billion spam, they will take up memory, cpu cycles and net bandwidth. Not to mention the risk of those spams containing links to trojans and other malware or bad sites. These poses legal risks to the Forums and their owner(s) if not eliminated..It's ok. Ignore works great.