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Voluntary contribution to Tuesday night server costs
« on: April 12, 2015, 05:57:52 PM »
The AC servers (Tuesday and practice) are costing me around about $15/month (it fluctuates with usage and exchange rates). I am giving you the opportunity to make VOLUNTARY donations to the server costs, via a PayPal transfer to mastersonwally at gmail com.

It's entirely voluntary  - there is no pressure on anyone to donate or not. And there's no truth to the rumour that the more you pay, the more points you get on the ladder.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 11:51:13 AM by Wally »

Offline Guybrush Threepwood

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2015, 06:50:47 PM »
So how do we donate?

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2015, 07:32:50 PM »
Actually the XGN site & domain costs a bit of money, too, not much, about $100/year if I'm correct.  It's out of Brit's pocket.
We had an old paypal account (Brit set it up) to gather all donations - we could use that again, and share any money in to bear the costs.

If we're keen, we could bump the server onto Amazon - I'll do the work free - but that means a bit more extra cost again, so we'd probably have to bring the hat around occasionally.  The server can cost about $8/mo computing only + traffic + storage (altho those are tiny) with one-year up front full payment. 

On the plus side; reliability & accessibility would rise greatly.

But I'm really wondering if people are keen or not.

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2015, 07:40:06 PM »
So how do we donate?

If you have a PayPal account, you can send money to my email address at gmail, from within PayPal.

Here are PayPal's instructions:
https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/helpcenter/helphub/article/?solutionId=FAQ1684&m=HTQ
« Last Edit: April 12, 2015, 07:42:12 PM by Wally »

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2015, 10:21:05 AM »
So just to make sure I don't send a million dollars to someone else, your Paypal email is mastersonwally (at)

.com.au?
« Last Edit: April 13, 2015, 12:46:03 PM by Wally »

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 11:13:24 AM »
So just to make sure I don't send a million dollars to someone else, your Paypal email is ---?

I can give you the account on master Wally's behalf, my server costs are $1000 a day so anyone willing to cover that will be exempt from the banlists for as many days as you fund the operation for.
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Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2015, 11:21:29 AM »
Perhaps you should delete the email address so Wally doesn't get spammed by every bot in the interverse?

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2015, 11:50:38 AM »
Perhaps you should delete the email address so Wally doesn't get spammed by every bot in the interverse?

Fixed, hopefully enough.

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2015, 12:45:14 PM »
No au.

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2015, 03:44:50 PM »
Actually the XGN site & domain costs a bit of money, too, not much, about $100/year if I'm correct.  It's out of Brit's pocket.
We had an old paypal account (Brit set it up) to gather all donations - we could use that again, and share any money in to bear the costs.

If we're keen, we could bump the server onto Amazon - I'll do the work free - but that means a bit more extra cost again, so we'd probably have to bring the hat around occasionally.  The server can cost about $8/mo computing only + traffic + storage (altho those are tiny) with one-year up front full payment. 

On the plus side; reliability & accessibility would rise greatly.

But I'm really wondering if people are keen or not.
If such an upgrade is deemed worthwhile I think the cost is very reasonable split between the amount of people racing here . .

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2015, 03:59:30 PM »
So is what you are saying Bird that the league would have it's own website instead of piggy-backing off XGN?

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2015, 07:22:00 PM »
So is what you are saying Bird that the league would have it's own website instead of piggy-backing off XGN?

We're not piggy-backing; we're part of XGN.  So the forum stays as it is.

What I'm saying is that we could host it - and other stuff, like the ts3 install I still haven't fully registered on a tiny amazon instance. They're perfect for a low traffic site and a few other not-too-intensive things.

eg I've chucked the old gt legends site up there for testing - and there's a ts3 server I'm going to properly configure at some point...heh.
http://ts3.xgn.com.au/

But the forums are still here.  It's a free software so we could put it onto there no problems.

The benefit would be increased reliability.  I'm not sure if you guys are noticing it, I certainly do; too often there's some problem, either the database server is down or some other mishap preventing us using the forums.
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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2015, 09:23:02 PM »
I've certainly seen often errors about server errors, database unavailable and what not.

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2015, 06:23:24 PM »
Ok, so to sum up where to we send a donation to?
Jim.

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Re: Voluntary contribution to server costs
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2015, 06:46:11 PM »
Ok, so to sum up where to we send a donation to?
Jim.

Via PayPal to masterson wally (no space) at Google's email. That's my anti spam measure ;)