Let’s say I wanted to start a message board from scratch.
This message board would have the capacity to handle at least 100,000 regular posters. And let’s say 35% of them would be logged on at any given time. There would also be search functions and an extensive archive. (Being a new board, the archive wouldn’t be that extensive at first.) But the capacity would be there.
I guess what asking is what would it cost to set up and run a board comparable to the SDMB, only it would never time out.
I’m not an IT specialist, so I’m asking about the price bottom line of all necessary hardware, software, set-up costs, maintenance costs , rental fees for a space adequate to contain it all and any other incidental costs that any of you who know about these things can think of.