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Forum Admin, Rules & FAQ => Forum Announcements & Rules => Topic started by: MakkyBrown on December 03, 2021, 10:16:18 PM

Title: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on December 03, 2021, 10:16:18 PM
Hello all,
Just a quick note,

I have just paid(with the forums Paypal account) to register the forum domain name for two more years.

We still have two and a bit more years of hosting left(I paid for 3 years hosting earlier in the year).

So no major bills due for two years. We currently have about $300 in our paypal account and if we keep receiving a trickle of donations I am hopefully the forum will be able to fund the big bill which is hosting when it arrives.  Thank you to everyone that has sent a donation.
I also like to thank RoughCreation for his support running the forum and purchasing a gallery upgrade that we will hopefully install sometime :)All in all I am hopefully ALF will still be about over the longer term, it would be nice to see the Paypal account build a bit of a buffer to cover anything unforeseen. Perhaps next year I'll have a think about creating some interest and bringing in some more donations. Just tricky to find time atm with my every expanding projects on the go. :)

CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Faceting Frank on December 04, 2021, 09:05:56 PM
I know the date of my donation and will treat it as an annual subscription. I think if other members do the same it should keep the forum financially stable.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Bucket on December 05, 2021, 06:33:48 PM
I know the date of my donation and will treat it as an annual subscription. I think if other members do the same it should keep the forum financially stable.
Good idea Frank.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: RoughCreations on December 06, 2021, 04:56:11 PM
I also like to thank RoughCreation for his support running the forum and purchasing a gallery upgrade that we will hopefully install sometime :)

You're welcome, glad to be of assistance and do my bit to help keep the Forum going.

I will aim at upgrading the ALF Gallery software this week. It should only take a few hours, all going well - the upgrade has been tested already on a similar development hosting environment, and no major issues were apparent.
I will issue a public Forum announcement before performing the upgrade, and will also set the Forum temporarily read-only, following the imminent upgrade announcement.
Cheers,
RC
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MALACHI on December 08, 2021, 08:55:53 AM
Good suggestion Frank. Will plan to do the same. Hopefully the money received is timely for keeping up with the expenses?  beers







Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: RoughCreations on December 08, 2021, 08:16:06 PM
Hi All,
Forum software has been updated.
Regards,
RC
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on December 09, 2021, 02:47:49 PM
Just noticed the donation button so just donated then saw this thread!

I'm happy to make an annual donation to help out, just have to work out how to keep track of it!

Thanks for your efforts as always!!
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Rusted on December 10, 2021, 09:46:38 AM
I think I will just make it a christmas present, easy to keep track of.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on December 10, 2021, 12:20:05 PM
I have just installed the latest StopSpammer mod, hopefully that works smoothly.
Let me know if more spammers appear.

MB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Ghost on December 31, 2021, 11:50:23 AM
Question.
Is there an easy way to go from a picture in the Gallery to the Thread that originally contained that picture.
Sometimes see nice items from the Gallery on the Start-up Page, but am frustrated in not being able to go to the underlying Thread.
Thanks.   Ghost.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on December 31, 2021, 04:43:38 PM
Have to tried searching on the picture name ? Might work but a large % of gallery picture haven't been posted in threads.I'll try now :)
CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on December 31, 2021, 04:49:56 PM
Ok, search on the 12digit jpeg number. Where it says BB code below the image copy the 12 digit number from the string and search the forum using it. I've added the "x"'s below so it is displayed.

"[ximg]https://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/9/5704-181221204956.jpeg[/imgx]"


CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 10, 2022, 11:53:11 AM
Hi Makky,

Is it possible to give us an estimate of what you need each year so we can all get an idea of what the target it?

Cheers
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 11, 2022, 09:18:42 PM
Tricky question to answer as I am not exactly sure how much the next lot of hosting will cost and we are currently taking an advantage of a heavily discounted hosting offer. That will increase by something like 300% next billing cycle and I am really keen not to swap hosts again as it is a lot of work so we will be paying more for hosting.  We are running the forum cost wise as lean as possible. Currently, we are not paying anything for IT support and RC has done the bulk of it.
All in all the $$ needed are not a lot and as I mentioned at the start of this thread if the trickle of donations continue at the current rate all should be good. Last time I locked there was about $300 in the paypal account, the bulk of it due to a couple of generous donors. But it would be nice to build a bit of a war chest in case of unknown costs, upgrades. A few extra $$ could pay for things like automated backups might be nice. I will post an update well before hosting is due to let the forum know if extra $$ are need at that time and we can hand the hat around.

CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 13, 2022, 10:05:54 AM
Thanks Makky!

I know it is tricky.  Just made an extra donation now to help!
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: tinker on January 13, 2022, 10:19:42 AM
Hey admin, who do we make a donation to the forum, send me a PM with details
Colbell57@hotmail.com beers
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 13, 2022, 01:11:51 PM
Thanks Tinker, click on the "Home" on the forum menu and you will see it on the upper right hand side.
CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 13, 2022, 01:35:04 PM
Thanks Makky!

I know it is tricky.  Just made an extra donation now to help!
Thanks MrSydney, one thing I haven't looked at or really considered yet is insurance. Mods(and all members) need to run a very strict policy regarding defamatory material, unsubstantiated  material, no heated arguments, no negative posts about lapidary suppliers and other businesses as the forum can't afford legal action against it even if it is baseless. Legal action against the forum for any reason would most likely see it close. I am hopefully this never happens.
CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: RoughCreations on January 14, 2022, 10:56:06 AM
It should also be noted that MB has so far not placed any new advertising or commercial links on the Forum, or even placed links for people to purchase his wonderful faceting design books (https://facetingdesigns.com/ (https://facetingdesigns.com/)).
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 17, 2022, 03:42:39 PM
I can't remember / find how to donate!  Can you remind me!
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 17, 2022, 04:57:25 PM
I can't remember / find how to donate!  Can you remind me!
Click  "Home" on the main menu above and you'll see the donations block on the right hand side of the screen.CheersMB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 18, 2022, 08:50:09 AM
Just so you know - when I do that I'm not seeing any 'Donations' block to click.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: RoughCreations on January 18, 2022, 09:11:00 AM
Just so you know - when I do that I'm not seeing any 'Donations' block to click.

That's strange, wonder what's going on. What do you see on your browser in the area highlighted in red in the image below?

(https://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/9/medium_112303-180122090836.jpeg) (https://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9791)

Thanks,
RC
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Bucket on January 18, 2022, 06:13:27 PM
Mine has the donation button on the home page, same as yours, RC.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 18, 2022, 07:40:06 PM
Just so you know - when I do that I'm not seeing any 'Donations' block to click.
What browser are your using ? Mobile or desktop/laptop?I'll have a look.
MB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 19, 2022, 05:20:25 PM
I'm using Google Chrome and no box!  I'll try another browser.

I can't work out how to insert the image I've saved with the snip tool here or in a PM to Makky - but I could upload it to the gallery and it appears to be visible.

I'll now try a different browser.

Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 19, 2022, 05:32:23 PM
Solved!  See additional image just uploaded to gallery.

There is a REALLY small button that toggles whether the items on the far right are visible or not!  It is so small I've been totally missing it!  You may want to make the button larger and, if an option, to default to be open at the start.

Just donated some more!  ;D
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 19, 2022, 05:50:10 PM
Solved!  See additional image just uploaded to gallery.

There is a REALLY small button that toggles whether the items on the far right are visible or not!  It is so small I've been totally missing it!  You may want to make the button larger and, if an option, to default to be open at the start.

Just donated some more!  ;D
I am now using Chrome having a look now, I might look at changing the donation block to the center.
Thanks
MB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MakkyBrown on January 19, 2022, 06:16:43 PM
How does that look? moved it to the center.


Cheers
MB
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: MrSydney on January 20, 2022, 05:27:44 PM
That's much better!  Right where people can see and think about it!
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: Faceting Frank on March 21, 2022, 08:30:26 AM
As I said earlier, I will donate as an annual subscription, which I have just done.
Title: Re: Forum Financial Update/Hosting/Domain
Post by: RoughCreations on March 21, 2022, 09:13:42 AM
Thanks for your generous ongoing support Frank.
RC
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