I don't think it'll cost thousands.
First we will need to find out how many peeps are willing to invest into this venture, and an estimate of total costs to be divided up. We will also need to elect an Admin (somebody that knows something about creating and running an on line forum) and trust that Admin to make the decisions to add Mods, create a TOS and other types of rules and such.
Any Admin volunteers out there?
I was under the impression this was already done or tried and nothing came of it.Instead of trying to strike out with a different site altogether why not try to talk with the current site owner(s) and see if a way forward can be found? We have had a splinter site or two in the past but each one has died off, usually sooner rather than later. And, honestly, I do not want to have to fight another ****storm like what came about because of the last time this happened.
I realize that we were all sold a "pig in a poke"* when TF changed hands and no one has been happy about how things were done and/or not done. But I would rather see the effort made to improve Techist instead of being spent elsewhere and then dying out.
[* - A "pig in a poke" is a Southern idiom. A "poke" is another word for a sack, so a pig in a poke is a pig in a sack. It basically means you are "buying" a sack that you have been told has a pig/piglet in it, but you are getting it sight unseen. Usually the phrase is used to describe a something that is highly unlikely to come to pass or is too good to be true, or as is this case something where you were promised one thing but got a lot less or nothing at all.]