1. 2017 FUNDRAISER

    2017 brings with it a new server for the site. Any donations to support the ongoing costs of keeping this running will be greatly received. See this thread for more information.

2017 fundraiser, move to better server, SSD, SSL and more!

Discussion in 'Articles & News' started by ASSEMbler, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator

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    funds.PNG Our existing server has developed software errors not easily fixed without risking the site being offline for days. A sale came along this weekend from the hosting company so great that I immediately decided to move to a new dedicated server with SSD and more bandwidth for less money. Less money!

    We will be putting into place secure login, mobile optimizations, and more.

    The changes will be concurrent, so unlike our last migration where we moved from one software to another, we will just be moving between machines for better hardware. It should hopefully be painless.

    We haven't raised money for a while and I've been footing the bill since the money ran out last year.
    Our new server is $120 vs $149 for the old server. We need to raise $1440 for the year, or $720 for six months.

    The site is user supported and since 2006 we have been ads free. I hope we can continue this and I don't have
    to roll out ads, but it is a possibility if we can't make the fundraiser a success.

    As the console scene has aged, many sites past have vanished. What sets us apart is our longevity, our community, our depth of knowledge and willingness to help others. I urge you to support the site if you never have before. Even a small recurring donation goes a long way.

    Don't think the site can survive without your help. We had record low number of donors last time, and unless
    people step up to support the site, we will have to give up on the ads free model we have had for over ten years.

    -ASSEMbler
     
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  2. jakeeeenator

    jakeeeenator Site Supporter 2015,2016,2017

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    I donated a little bit of money a week or so ago. I hope you get enough money together through donations. :)
     
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  3. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator

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    Thanks m8, I'm going through bad RL issues and trying to focus on something else like the site. The few donors like yourself are like a candle in the dark.
     
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  4. PixelButts

    PixelButts Well Known Member

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    Helped a small amount last year, helping a small amount this year.
     
  5. A Toubib

    A Toubib Midnight Xbox Crew

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    Awwww yeaaa. Great to hear.

    I was hoping you'd post something up. I hadn't heard site news on funding for a while. I can't speak to everyone but I forget without posts like these!
     
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  6. retro

    retro Administrator Staff Member

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    Lots of people giving small amounts would be preferable to the same few giving larger amounts every time ;)
     
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  7. PixelButts

    PixelButts Well Known Member

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    Agreed, let's hope for more donators this time
     
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  8. jetmagnum

    jetmagnum Magnum Inc

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    ill throw some fuel into the fire when i get the chance.
     
  9. retro

    retro Administrator Staff Member

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    It's doable. With over 2,000 members visiting the site so far in 2017, if everyone who has logged in this year donated $1, we'd be well over target. I mean... if 10% of the users who logged in over the past week donated $5 each, we would have enough to cover site costs for nearly 6 months.
     
  10. ToxicMedz

    ToxicMedz Gutsy Member

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    Once I get rent paid on the 5th i'll be sure to send some funds on over :)
     
  11. speedyink

    speedyink Site Supporter 2016

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    Just made a small donation. Happy to help the site stay ad free, and really hope your RL issues get sorted out as quick as they can :)
     
  12. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2015

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    Expect a fews coins from me at the end of February! I can't afford it before then because of rent and tuition though.

    Hopefully your issues IRL get sorted fast.
     
  13. XboxSurgeon

    XboxSurgeon Site Supporter Since 2013

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    Any XDK I sell from my marketplace thread will have 100% of the proceeds going to the site. I usually donate when I can but I feel this could generate more funds. Until then, I'll get something toward the site once I get my paycheck.
     
  14. madhatter256

    madhatter256 Illustrious Member

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    Just roll out wikipedia style requests for donations where half the screen is occupied. That will drive people to give lol. It's been a while since I've logged on but I have lots of awesome memories from this site and back when it was on ezboards... damn I'm old. I'll give when I can
     
  15. retro

    retro Administrator Staff Member

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    The green banner isn't enough? :p lol
     
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  16. TriMesh

    TriMesh Site Supporter 2013-2017

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    I just threw a bit in - hope you get this covered soon.
     
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  17. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2015

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    You'd get 2x the money, twice as fast, if it disappeared after donating.
     
  18. Krayzar

    Krayzar 75% Weasels by Volume

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    I threw in $20. Just got a holiday bonus so I figured I might as well. Certainly enjoy it here.
     
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  19. supersega

    supersega I have 7 and a half PS1s in my room alone.

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    Just put a pretty good amount of money in. You guys on here, as a whole collective effort, saved my behind in more ways than one, whether its me ripping vias off PCBs or asking stupid questions about PS1 lasers. Thanks!! Lol
     
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  20. GoodTofuFriday

    GoodTofuFriday Site Supporter 2015,2016,2017

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    Can we get a goal tracker like we did last time?
     
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