"All web resources cost money. They cost machine cycles on the server. They cost coder salary. Storage costs money."
Any idea how much money you think we're talking about here, Bob? I can say with a fair degree of certainty that machine cycles are a nit for any low volume commercial application; we're not simulating a nuclear explosion here. Similarly, storage is pretty darn cheap these days. So that leaves us with one time coder salary, probably using a standard forum design app. If BPL is running so close to the bone that they couldn't afford to add another forum to the website, I truly feel sorry for all you Mlifer's out there.
Would BPL staff care to comment on the affordability of adding a forum, thereby laying this particular objection to rest or validating it?