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The Future of this Site

Post by GBDawg1 on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 11:03 am

Every now and again, I have over the years put out an appeal for people to help contribute towards the upkeep of this site.
The actual hosting of the site is in fact free, but in order to make it more user-friendly, we have spent so-called "credits" on keeping the site advert-free, having a proper domain name (the site address used to be http://eafl.forumotion.com - that actually still works, but I felt it was a bit cumbersome which is why I purchased www.theeafl.com <www.eafl.com would have been shockingly expensive>), removing copyrights and having an SSL certificate (Https instead of http).

This was all fine, because all I had to do was renew the exisiting options when they were close to expiring. Some were more expensive than others but generally, thanks to people's generosity (and mine!) and me wanting to ensure that the site was secure, advert-free and had a decent domain name, we kept it going and still have some credits in the bank.

However, recently I became aware that Forumotion had changed the way they price packages to what you can see below:



What this means is that in order to keep the site as it is, we would need to purchase the premium package. This is a lot more expensive than it was before, where you could pick and choose which features you wanted. What you see is a monthly charge - an annual charge is 10 x the amount for either the advanced or premium packages - so 5200 credits or 7600 credits p.a. respectively. In the past, we only had to spend 3500 credits to keep the site as it is, so it's a massive price hike. I've heard that the reasons for this are the forumotion are losing money and obviously it's a business and they had to do something. Many other sites have objected but they are not yielding on their planned increases.

So that you know what this means in real terms, 8000 credits costs € 79. In other words, it would cost about that to keep the site running as it is each year (subject to possible further price increases of course).

The alternatives are that we could downgrade the site so that it was plastered with adverts (and trust me they are annoying: you get those ads where if you accidentally hover over a word in green that is double underlined it takes you to somewhere else you don't want to go); doesn't have an SSR certificate (which means certain browsers will tell you the site is unsafe every time you try to access it) and so on.

The other alternative is that we move somewhere else (ie to another forum host) but that would of course mean that the whole forum would need to be set up again and all the history of this forum would be lost. Setting this site up took a considerable amount of time back in 2009 and I'm not sure I could be bothered to do it again.

So, the question is, what to do? Are the owners in this league prepared to put their hands in their pockets and help fund the site? You can contribute to its upkeep by clicking the "Contribution" link at the bottom right of the home page. 500 credits costs €4.90. In the past, a few have contributed (and some have been particularly generous) whereas others have not. By the way, we also have to pay for Daddyleagues but Donniebrasco and I have taken care of that over the years.

It's really up to all of you what we do: but let me say that while I am prepared to do my bit, I'm not going to spend €79 p.a. to run the site.

Welcome people's thoughts (and donations).

Finally, if you are wondering where this came from, there is an admin screen on the site that you can't see, where I update the site.

Dawg


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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by H64mmy on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 6:27 pm

I'd rather keep the site as it is.

Willing to make contribution too.
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Post by warlow on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 8:03 pm

I will also contribute

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Post by GBDawg1 on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 8:05 am

@warlow wrote:I will also contribute

Appreciate that. Thanks

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Post by GBDawg1 on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 8:05 am

@H64mmy wrote:I'd rather keep the site as it is.

Willing to make contribution too.

Thanks Hammy and appreciate your donation.

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Post by GBDawg1 on Sat 21 Apr 2018, 10:18 am

Well, it appears this has largely fallen on deaf ears.

Message received and understood.

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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by Veeebs on Tue 01 May 2018, 4:40 pm

I'm willing to contribute, how much are we talking and how would I go about making the contribution?

Cheers

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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by tru11 on Tue 01 May 2018, 5:43 pm

how much you still need boss?

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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 01 May 2018, 7:39 pm

If everyone bought 5 € of credits (each year) we wouldn't have a problem. But as you can see, most people don't. If we had a full league then we'd only need to do that once every 2 years.

What people donate is up to them. The way you contribute is by clicking on the "Contribute" link at the bottom of the Home page and take it from there.

Thanks again to anyone who has contributed already, or who plans to.

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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by tru11 on Tue 01 May 2018, 10:17 pm

done

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Post by Donniebrasco72 on Wed 02 May 2018, 8:40 am

I'll donate in the next couple of days.
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Post by bigjimmyaston on Thu 03 May 2018, 4:55 pm

Done boss Very Happy
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Post by GBDawg1 on Wed 09 May 2018, 4:15 pm

@bigjimmyaston

James? That's incredibly decent of you. Hope to see you back in these parts soon. Blitz has siad he would give up the Steelers if you did! Yes, he really did.

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Post by DJF2022 on Thu 10 May 2018, 9:00 pm

I'll donate next pay day
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Re: The Future of this Site

Post by Blitzburgh4891 on Sun 13 May 2018, 3:17 pm

@GBDawg1 wrote:@bigjimmyaston

James? That's incredibly decent of you. Hope to see you back in these parts soon. Blitz has siad he would give up the Steelers if you did! Yes, he really did.
Come on @bigjimmyaston , time to come home it’s lonely being the only steeler in here
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Post by Blitzburgh4891 on Sun 13 May 2018, 3:25 pm

Donation done
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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 15 May 2018, 8:44 am

Thanks Jason and to everyone else who has donated so far, or pledged to do so.

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