Early APRIL FOOL! Please read my reply further down.
I have been PM'ing with the Admins on the forum. It seems we have been approached by a major tool importer that would like to sponsor the forum. They like what they see here and have approached us. They would cover all of our expenses and we would be able to offer some additional services that we currently don't offer. They have web site designers that could help us in several areas that could really improve the forum. They would help promote the forum with advertising and expect the forum could really grow quickly.
This would mean some changes would have to take place to. Obviously they would like to advertise their products on the forum. I think they would also like to add some forums specifically for their tools. I think they might want to moderate their forums?
While nothing is definite they would want some input on the forum management. To what extent, don't know yet. But if they were to pump in money and time they will want some say as to what happens. Nothing has been decided but it's an interesting offer. At this point it just talking and nothing has been decided. But we think it is something we should give some serious consideration too.