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I've also been paying for 420chan mostly out of pocket myself since the end of 2016, and about a year ago dropped over $3000 on replacing the main server, which was about 10 years old. It was replaced with a 3 year old machine. New servers, we're talking BRAND NEW servers, easily hit the $20,000 mark, a piece. And that's not considering storage, etc, because servers don't use consumer level drives, I suggest you go look up prices for high capacity 2.5" SAS disks and keep in mind you need several of them for a proper RAID configuration. Your jaw will hit the floor.
So, yeah. Shit gets expensive, fast. And like I said, I've been covering all this out of pocket for almost 3 years. I'm turning 32, I have my own bills, rent, car payments to make. And, this is another major thing, just taking 3 days off work to fix a ton of issues on the site cost me $900 out of my paycheque. I'm a contractor, I don't get paid time off, every hour spent costs me a real, serious amount of cash, and I can't just slave away every single free hour I have to working on what was essentially a money pit for quite a while.
I treat it like a business, shit gets done, and you all end up benefitting from not having the site held together with duct tape and bailing wire.
I care about this site, it's been a major formative part of my life, given me a career, brought me a wife and innumerable friendships, and I don't want it to wither away neglected. This is what has to happen for that.