Welcome to this new community. I started this with the hopes of growing a site that can be a home for fellow amateur photographers to share photos( you own your content), discuss gear, organize meetups and photo walks.
While the site will remain 100% free to all it's members, eventually there may be some ads to cover the hosting costs. However almost every penny, greater than 95% will go towards it's up keep. Which will include things like hiring developers, artists, designers and scaling the back-end, etc.