If we do this I think enough of us would chip in for it. a hundred bucks over several years split between a bunch of us would be pretty doable
>>• It's possible that ads could recoup some of these costs
Nah. IMO if we're going to go completely independent with this silly board there's no point in keeping ads. Most of us all use ad block anyway right? None of us are clicking on the ads.
>>• Finally, I am a little worried about copyright issues.
Like I said below, don't rip off boardhost. if you're going to rip off anybody rip off eboards, they're dead already, and they were structured a bit better (I still miss the "View Today's Messages" button which was really helpful for finding new posts on threads buried further down the board).
Or just change enough stuff that it's not a ripoff. there are features built into these sites that we never use anyway that could probably be stripped out.
Yeah let us know if you make any progress. I'd be very curious if someone could make this work.