Yeah it does, Probably more than you think with the vBulletin licenses, Domain and hosting..
I run a popular vBulletin forum my self and it isnt cheap when you want to run the latest version all the time.. But i agree this is a very good forum, Defo helps guys like us out, Good community.
As far as I have gathered, Greywing owns the site, but he also owns a business, and he has spare room on his server for the forum, so I'd imaging the cost is very little because it's just spare room. please ocrrect me if I'm wrong tho.
Doesnt take much space, Just alot of bandwith which is dependent on user activity, If that is the case running this on a server used for other activity then the cost is probably little, But you have to have a license to run vBulletin, good bit of kit, Best out there *text deleted*, defo worth paying the money for compared to free options out there,
Midnight Assassin is correct, I have hosting on a server which costs me £XX amount per month. I use that for my private businesses and the site comes with unlimited hosting and unlimited bandwidth. So in essence the site costs me nothing extra to run apart from the initial license for vbulletin which for what the system does and the upgrades it provides is very little.
As for the name of the site, it goes back to nearly 2 years ago. I specialise in catching domain names that people let expire and I register them. Some are worth a bit of money and some are not. One day I saw prmc.co.uk become available and registered it. About 6 months later decided to get a forum on it and although the ball took a bit to start rolling, we managed to get it to a pretty successful size and continuing to watch it grow.
One thing we (admins and mods) said is that the site will always remain free, no advertisements and no donations would ever appear on it. This way everything you see and hear will be honest and not towards a particular product that the site may sell or make money from.
That's a little bit about the site and we will continue to push it forward as long as people find it useful.
You'll also notice, unlike other military (or otherwise) forums that we do not encourage voluntary donations, subscriptions, the award of "medals" per post or suchlike - it's just one of those rare commodities: "an honest website" that's free to the user. The credit for that is entirely GW's. For me it's my day job for which I get paid (but not by GW!).
From my perspective it's an absolute gift for recruiting - frequently the question gets asked in open forum or by "PM" that an individual feels unable to ask directly at an AFCO for a plethora of reasons - many other users may well have thought the same, but not felt able to ask. As well as helping recruiting it also saves an ineligible enquirer the embarrassment of being turned away and the loss of face.
Why would a matelot contribute to a RM website? Quite simply because they demand the utmost respect, they're the best at what they do (IMHO) & as with all infantry units, recruiting is always an area which needs pushing forward - it's not easy.
Possibly you can begin to understand why I get a bit miffed if people want to use the site just to stir things up, get attention or create hostility- that's not what we're about at all.
The site is completely "urban" however, inasmuch as although we are periodically monitored by people "in high places" they have no direct input or control & similarly we have anonimity from those in charge. All the sources of information are bone-fide and are always checked, verified & corrected as necessary, but the site is in no way official nor endorsed in official circles - however we are recognised.
The fact is we're in no way "The Establishment". If the establishment were to directly take over the site, then we'd possibly lose credibility: a double-edged sword, however we are hoping we'll get a bit more unofficial insider help as the site grows.
well to be honest, as the site grows and gets bigger, the older members who finish RT and go on to be commandos will hopefully still visit and tell story's etc, I'd say were better of than most sites too, we have steve! he's written two books about the marines, he was a marine, also ninja who works in an AFCO, So I'd say we have the edge, it's just going to take time!
yea id just like to say also, keep up the good work, this site has helped me so much, esspecialy in the early stages of application, and its so refreshing that this site hasnt got the ridiculous medals, bullets, titles and bloody adverts taking up almost more screenspace than the actual forum unlike another website i could mention, not to mention its more personal and friendly here, so yea cheers guys for helping out people and taking time out of your lives to help us!