Originally Posted by hervens
Steve, maybe you can consider putting google adsense advertisements on the forums, in exchange to keeping it active?
You mentioned that the forums didn't bring in much revenue, and it's very bandwidth intensive, so that might be a good alternative.
Does anybody know if these forums had google ads originally - or were the google ads relegated to the blog posts only? I don't remember, because I read the blog for a long time without ever posting on the forums.
I pretty much ignore ads (google or not), but just a few weeks ago a google ad popped up that introduced a brilliant possible solution I didn't realize was out there to something that was/is troubling me deeply. The ad connected me to a concept that was very freeing, and it brought a potential force of light into a situation that was starting to seem impossible. Really weird that it would come through a google ad, but it did.
I will see how it plays out but you never know when, out of all the junk, an ad might actually connect a person to something surprisingly helpful - involving real people and the real world too.
So... I just want to say that this is a nice suggestion. At least, trying to think of a way to be helpful to everyone.