Re: What would you pay??
Anytime you put a forum like this up that attracts this many users - options open up for the owner to get some supplemental income.
It's probable Bernhard can cover the cost of running this without needing to charge the users
The best method is to give access to the content for free, keep your user base as high as possible, then sell of higher levels of service - most sites I've paid for have been like $50/year to be able to do x,y,z - but the level of content remains the same whether you pay or not.
I run a few free sites, and understand the pains, and would gladly pay a little here and there to help Bernhard - and I can do that now via donations.