Setting up a node isn't too hard. Its maintaining it and campaigning for votes. Good luck if you decide to take the plunge.

Well, I know for a fact I wouldn't win the popularity contest for votes here (at least not yet) considering the amount of tight-knit mega whales there are - but, I would do it solely for the benefit of the community. I know it'd be a resource drain, but I'd simply ask for donations or just upvotes on posts/client posts to make it work.

Otherwise, I pay and it's cool - that's that. Sometimes, people have to act selflessly for the greater good, and I feel this is one of them (even if in just a very small way).