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EDIT: This first post can now contain link for donations, as people are asking for it who can't see it in mobile view on the homepage.


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Last Edit: Apr 7, 2017 9:03:49 pm by Mike
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Reply #1

Thought I'd use this thread again.

Many thanks to the person who donated last night, your donation will run the forum for an entire week at current costs.  :glad: :kiss: Much appreciated.
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Reply #2

@Mike Where is the donation link  I've never seen one ?

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Reply #3

It's on the board index, top left just below "Home", etc.

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Reply #4

Never noticed it but them I'm always on tapatalk

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Reply #5

Wow, another donation today, from a repeat donator. This month is the first I think that the forum has been fully funded by the members. It's cost me nowt.

Much appreciated,  :glad:
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Reply #6

Well it has to be said that all you do to keep this site up and running, with regard to your time and effort as well as financial input, is also very much appreciated @Mike so thank you...and I'm sure I say so on behalf of others too.

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Reply #7

And another donation!  :D I've added that to the hosting account and we're covered through to July now.  :lol: Wonderful, very much appreciated everyone.

(btw, I don't mention who's made the donation, but I could give them a mention if people would prefer?)

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Reply #8

why not put a list up of some of the running costs so people can see how much their donation will help to run it for a day / week / month etc?

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Reply #9

agree with that - didn't mean put peoples names on the list - just to give people an idea of the costs and if you did it monthly / weekly it would keep the donation thread higher and in peoples minds again - I don't think a lot of people really notice it until it is in a thread.

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Reply #10

Well... We are on a roll...

Two more donations today.

The donations in the last week have us covered for the next 3 months roughly. I'm honestly humbled.  :kiss:

Pack it in for a bit now or I'll have to get a registered charity number or something.  :lol:

Regarding costs, its not a secret, but it varies based on usage.
We're now hosted on Google Cloud Compute platform.
Those who've been here a while will remember downtime nightmares with various other hosts, using dedicated servers and VPSs, with several moves to other providers.

We've not had any downtime since moving to the GCC platform (Google know how to keep servers online...), and it's been consistently perfect, and far cheaper than the previous dedicated servers we used. It does mean the cost varies based on usage. It used to cost nearing £90 a month to run the forum, and I've now got it down to between £20 and £25 depending on how busy the server is. That doesn't directly correlate with forum activity, as spam bots, hackers, etc trying to brute force passwords and general web noise (there's a lot of it) also costs, as it increases CPU usage, including search engine crawlers. We use a CDN (content delivery network) to protect us from a lot of threats, like known spammers, bots, and DDOS attacks, and it also serves some static content that doesn't change, like the background image, and other images, JS and CSS files etc., to save us bandwidth, that also reduces costs.

So the forum, now more than ever is self sufficient. Money in the meter now covers us to the middle of August.
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Great news all round!

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Reply #12

Calendar invite set for August :) be good if we could get the costs covered for a year. would hate for this place to go anywhere as it is the only forum i use. Call me crazy but i actually like you crazy cats !!

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I will happily help contribute so can't see it going anywhere for a long time :)

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Reply #14

@Mike what about something like this?

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