Steve, I don't think you realise what you've started here. This is not just a forum. Its a support network for some people and suddenly closing it down will be like kicking us out into the dark, feeling completely lost and alone and not knowing where to go from here.
I'm sorry to sound so dramatic but thats the reality of it for some people.
I understand that you might have bitten off more than you can chew with creating this forum but now that so many of us rely on it, don't you feel some sense of responsibility to at least TRY and keep it going or find some solution that takes the pressure off of you.
I really couldn't care less about those members that wanted to start their little elite group. In my oppinion thats not what this forum is about so let them go and move on.