Originally Posted by Talinth
Perhaps someone should start one.... *ponders mischievously*
It's a matter of costs. If you leave information static, people steal it. More importantly, they steal the bandwidth. This is why the fansite hype of the late 90's has died down; because static http sites were easy to pilfer for bandwidth, even with the steps free-hosts took to control linking.
This is why the only image-clearinghouse sites that survived used futaba-board or similiar methods. If information is dynamic and shortlived, people don't link to it and you only have to pay for users who are actually using your site and seeing your site's ads.
Wikipedia of course can get away with the costs involved in hosting information, but they have sane limits on how many images they'll allow any topic to have. They also use Squid caching EXTENSIVELY to drive down the amount of select statements their DB has to process.
To put it in perspective:
Cosplay.com spends multiple thousands of dollars on hosting annually.