Reminds me of the old BBS days....
Someone has an interest in something and runs a BBS (or server, or mailing list). Lots of happy users.
Owner doesn't make any money but is doing it because they want to and it's a good service.
Service goes down because hardware. Suddenly mad panic, even if it's mirrored. User base gets upset. Owner has to find parts/money to fix problem.
Once fixed, everyone is happy and using his/her service (usually for free) again.
Ah the joys of the past come to the present. I would hope, in this case as it sometimes did in the past, that someone (or a lot of someones) helped out with some cash or parts.