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 Fundraising - hosting fees - thanks to everyone who donated 
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Post Fundraising - hosting fees - thanks to everyone who donated
I have to start a new post about this, because updating the old one didn't really work. I hate hassling people for money, but we have to do it.

Our web hosting subscription expires in January and we don't have enough money in the GOTE account to pay for another year. In the past, we have paid for 3 years at a time, because we get a considerable discount, but the fees have increased sharply - more than doubled. To an extent, the increase is related to recent unfavourable changes in the USA/UK exchange rate.

When I updated our earlier post in October, we had about £50 available. Now we have £115, thanks to donations totalling £65 from five members and one non-member. One year of hosting costs £177 and three years cost £443 (a 16% discount). So we aren't close to being able to cover the charges.

There are other expenses coming up next year, such as renewing our domain name. We also need to update the forum software (this is long overdue) and that will require us to pay for the service.

So we need to raise a few hundred pounds in order to continue. It would be good if we can pay for the hosting well into advance and avoid having to hassle people for money every year.

We really don't want to lose the accumulated experience and knowledge here after nine years of discussion and imagery. We have 1,600 members, of whom several hundred post, and the admin team can see from the activity reports that we usually have more than 10 guests reading the forum at any time (there are 14 right now). There are 103,000 posts on 10,000 topics and members contribute an average of 31 posts per day.

So if you want the forum to survive, can we please ask you to put your hands in your pockets and contribute what you can. There is a PayPal "Donate" button on every page.

Many thanks in advance.

David Matzdorf
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Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:02 am
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Post Re: Fundraising - hosting fees - we have *almost* enough mon
People have been very generous and we now have enough cash so we don't have to close the site down. Thanks to everyone who has pitched in.

If we can raise another £100 in donations, we can renew for three years, which brings with it a 16% discount. Thus we could save money and avoid having to ask for donations for a few years.

I also hope (but don't know for sure) that another £100 would enable us to cover the domain name fees and to do a long-awaited update on the forum software. We're still using a version that is several years old.

The hosting renewal is due for payment on 27 January, which is 9 days away. If we can collect enough to do the three-year renewal by then, then we will. If not, we will pay for one year and revisit the situation next winter.

Thanks again to everyone who has contributed. We have had donations not only from members, but from a couple of people who never joined, but just like to read the site. At any point during a typical day, we have 10-20 guests from all over the world reading the forum. Right now there are 18.

David Matzdorf
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Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:29 pm
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Post Re: Fundraising - hosting fees - thanks to everyone who dona
We had just enough money to renew the hosting service fort three years. That enabled us to take advantage of a discount of about 20% over the single-year price.

We also need to upgrade the board's phpBB software, which is going to cost some more money, and the domain name later this year, so we need to raise a bit more.

If we can do that, then we can stop hassling people for a year or two :wink: .

Many thanks to everyone who donated; a couple of people gave substantial amounts. We really appreciate it, from everyone.

David

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