Relating to this discussion, what are the possible positive effects of venture capital funding for Stack Overflow?
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They can afford to provide every 10K+ user their choice of pony, unicorn, waffles or being Jon Skeet for a day.
Finally, if they really want to "raise the level of discourse on the entire internet", they're gonna have to compete with phpBB on price at some point. And that means a version that can be hosted on a php server. And that means a re-write, or at least parallel implementation. I don't think mono will cut it for that crowd. I'm skeptical of the idea that php hosts are really cheaper in a meaningful way (I can find asp.net hosting for $5/mo, just like php - or even free from time to time), but the perception exists.