Nothing special? Yes they are. This forum runs on hardware that larger sites (and equally sized sites) wouldn't use.Just offload SSL acceleration to dedicated systems or appliances like all other enterprises in the world. These forums are nothing special in comparison to many other larger sites out there.
Simple concept? In theory yes, but remember, no one here owns the forums or owns the servers. What you are suggesting is basically the same as asking us to upgrade Yahoo!'s servers.Anyway... thanks for everyone's input. I guess it all was just a "lame idea". Now I'm just tired of trying to convince people of something that should have been a very simple concept to understand.