$40 million per year to keep Wikipedia running
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To keep Wikipedia running and serve 500 million visits per month. First, you're going to need hosting. This isn't a service you can pick up from GoDaddy (this pic is 3 years old but you get the idea):
Notice you have hundreds if not thousands of computers. They're interconnected in complex and novel ways - ways that require teams of experts to design and build.
Now imagine that all the above parts are constantly changing, breaking and under attack. All. The. Time. All your computers will eventually die. All will need patching to stay secure. This isn't your home laptop. You can't just take down all of Wikipedia to run Windows Update every night. Have you got a plan for that? To create and maintain one you'll need a team of experts around the world, and such people usually don't work for llama beans.
Now think of your software. Your software has to work in three hundred languages. Have you ever tried changing a program that has to work in three hundred languages? It goes a little like this:
"I'll just add this checkbox to our software. It'll only take 5 minutes!"
5 minutes of coding.
"That was easy!"
This scene happens at the Roxbury theme one night back in 90's. The original video can be found at YouTube.