I like Lobsters a lot, but (unlike HN) does need a monetization strategy. Metafilter is phenomenal, but, to me, the ads really get intrusive – i assume that’s because the $5 i paid to join doesn’t keep it going.
I hope there’s a way to balance, maybe find a larger partner to do (tasteful) ad sales? Reddit/Conde Nast?
Why does it need to be monetized?
To make it worth your time to continue working on it, I’d guess. Or at least to keep the servers running.
If hosting costs every get in the way of keeping Lobsters online my company will happily donate some of our excess compute capacity. I really like the way this is developing I will continue to be part of it.
+1 for Dan. This is really cool, but I can’t see a way it could be totally free – bandwidth, your time, etc is going to cost something.