First Place winner, June 2010 Photo Contest
A forum this size will cost you $5,000 a year just to keep it running. Each year, every year. There aren't a whole lot of posters who would be willing to spend that kind of money without ever seeing a cent in return.
That was the whole reason it was sold to VS in the first place. Because it's simply too expensive to keep up. Xtratime should have died twice already. First was when Jan abandoned it and had a $10,000 debt with the host. And the second time was in the months leading up to the sale to VS, when it had become clear this was no longer affordable.
Think what you will of VS but without them there wouldn't be an XT.