This is probably me being thick, or just not computery enough, but why can’t the same server do both?
Are there services out there that run forums and do file hosting?
It sounded on another posting that you might look to revamp facilities. Might this just be an extra thing to put on your shopping list?
It would, for instance, save quite a lot of that ‘please don’t publish this box.net link elsewhere’ stuff that’s understandably up at the moment. You could just ‘click to download’ and anyone who could get to the talkphysics site could get to the files.
There is bound to be a sound technical reason why this sort of thing doesn’t happen, but do feel free to educate me.