You may also notice that in the "old" days, there were not things like code audits taking place or big "vasion" conferences, so while the teams may be taking in more money (according to you, quite frankly there is really no direct evidence that they are, only some anecdotal evidence that could be assumed), they are doing a lot more to spend it.PCGUY112887 wrote:With the old development team, there was never anything like this. Advertisement on phpBB.com was very minimal. Now advertisement is a much larger portion of business here. I believe everyone *used* to make no money, but now there is a large cashflow going somewhere, and again it's not for hosting. Yes even if the hardware is owned, that is an initial cost with minimal upkeep costs.
Add on to that the fact that the basic costs of maintaining a website with as many hits as phpBB.com is quite significant. Even though phpBB is hosted by OSUOSL, it still has its own physical server, and that sucker requires maintenance. And there will be other incidental expenses along the way that may come up, like the domain name, or other possible things that may involve meager costs to keep the lights on around here. And again, I'm just speculating, I really have no idea what kinds of costs the teams could be incurring around here, and I'm a former team member! A lot of things around here have changed since I left the teams. But I will say that they're certainly putting on lots more costly group ventures than they have before, so I'd say that it'd be hard for you to back up your claims with much evidence.
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