I'm glad to see you've returned, been getting quieter on these forums lately as most have moved on. It's not too late to bring things back, but that $100-150/m figure, is not really going to cut it. I spent a lot of time collecting Manga each day and uploading. I'm no longer a teenager, I have real bills to pay and for the time I was investing in this site, I would really need a good $400/m to consider reopening. If this was just a simple blog site I would not have an issue opening, but I spent hours each day, morning and at night it was the first thing I did and I'm not interested in doing all of that again to lose money, especially as this site was losing money for years. At the peak of our growth I tried accepting prepaid debit cards, bitcoins, and other forms of currency and I think I got 1-2 prepaid credit cards, and perhaps a single bitcoin donation over the period of like 4-5 months, totaling about $60-80 or so, when that amount of money would not even be able to pay a single months server bill. What I learned was that although we had hundreds of thousands of unique visitors per month, very few found our site to be valuable enough to donate to.
Originally Posted by erthwjim
I won't like though, I have been considering re-opening, but the only way I'd reopen is if all members who wanted to download had to pay. I learned something from ST, and it's better to have 10 users to pay and download, rather than having to support the infrastructure for hundreds of thousands can download and survive off the donation of a few. The real issue I felt was that people were ungrateful, I'd get so many emails about why downloads are slow, why we don't offer particular series and I had to constantly find ways to get cheaper servers, or reduce bandwidth to support all of the people who were not paying and then deal with hate mail of sorts because we did not offer the world for free. I'm not sure if it's really an option to start things up again, but if I did, you would have to pay to download.
Glad to see you are still around. I remember you, thanks for running the DC hub all those years ago.
Originally Posted by Eos
Yeah, I miss this place as well but we all have to adapt to change. I think that although we had a ton of series, most people only sought a few of the larger ones (Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, etc). Thanks for coming back and giving a status update.
Originally Posted by Heiji1412
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