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    Default Server/Donation Status [April 2007]

    As many of you already know we have been having server issues, and the end result was us asking for donations to help cover the cost of additional hardware expenses. FDC does not have any more SATA drives in stock, so we will have to wait until next week for our hardware to come in.

    We currently do an easy 100mbps all day long. This is over 32,000gb’s of bandwidth every month.

    Right now our server expenses run close to $999/m. The ads that we have on our site only pay for about ~$500 on a good month. We have tried almost every sponsor out there, and we are left with little options. Most of the time I am the one paying the remaining server bills, which are normally between $500 and $600.

    No longer can I afford to do this. I know many of you don’t want to see us turn into a site that offers a premium service, and I have one last option, and that’s to try one last time to get donations to start coming in. We tried this before and never made much from donations.

    What I am going to do is this. I am going to start posting exactly what we need each month, and if I have to pay out of my own pocket more than $50 for the server for two months in a row, I am going to start offering a premium service for this site to help cover the server costs, and the costs of upgrades. I have worked on this site for over a year now, releasing updates every two days, I should not have to spend so much money to keep it going.

    I am going to post what we need for this month below.

    April 2007
    Total Server Expenses: $999
    Total Ads Revenue: $500
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    Need to Collect: $499

    Total Donations This Month: $343

    FUNDS NEEDED: $156 MORE FOR April

    I will update the total amount of funds we need as they come in. If you don’t want to see us launch a premium service, make sure to encourage others to donate.

    HOW DO YOU DONATE? CLICK ON THE PAYPAL BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Shiel View Post
    if I have to pay out of my own pocket more than $50 for the server for two months in a row, I am going to start offering a premium service for this site to help cover the server costs,
    That will soon be the case, lets think of a solution to make it best for you and the users.

    I don't want to lose the best Manga-Source in the internet just because nobody thought about the problem with the damn money!

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    You won't lose the site or the downloads, people who pay the subscription will just get extra advantages.

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    Mudder is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    I know what Premiummembership means...I think we could brainstorm a little HOW this could be established in detail...I think there is no way we get around this.

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    I think this has already been discused before, but okay.
    Ideas (some have been suggested before):
    Avatar rights
    Private forum
    Private mirror
    Faster downloads
    More simultaneous downloads
    More say in how the site is run
    Batch downloads

    Also, if I were Kane (AKA Kevin), and the RSS feed had been finidshed, I would hold it back and only let premium users be able to use it.

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    to add to that list, how about moderator rights as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gummyworms View Post
    to add to that list, how about moderator rights as well.
    No, definately no. Trust me, we get a lot of irresponsible idiots at this site. Moderators are chosen carefully for a good reason, they are chosen because it is believed that thay can be trusted to do their job and act responsibly and moderate fairly.

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    Mudder is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Being a mod is no privilege, it is a burden .
    Back to topic...premimmembership as cheap as possible that there are many users who get it or more expensive with more features for less "elite-users"?

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    i did donate but i can't pm u.. i'm not a type of person who loves to post.. need to download suzuka manga without disconnected.. sigh...

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    I still think that the idea of sharing the huge bandwith by using bittorrent might work pretty well...

 

 
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