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Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 2 January 2015, 00:20

Server renewal donation progress:
$1049


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Edit: See the update below.

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all enjoying the holidays / vacation / celebrations. :keke:

In early 2012, we decided we'd had enough of the slow server GTF had been running on, and we held a donation run to see if we could afford something better. The turnout was amazing, and we actually managed to gather enough money in donations to pay for a much, much better server for 33 months up front, getting us a substantial pre-pay discount in the process, and still leaving money to pay for domain renewals and some limited advertising when traffic was low.

Since then, GTF has been running on a dual-CPU Xeon dedicated server with 8 physical cores and 8 GB of RAM, a vast improvement (roughly ten-fold performance increase) over what we had previously.

Since the 20th of December 2012 (at 20:12 UTC), this server has also been home to GFO.

I have a friendly relationship with the guy who runs the server company, and I expect he may throw in a hardware upgrade if we renew our contract for another 2-3 years, without an increase in price and without the setup costs we paid initially.

(Doubling the RAM would be nice, since the web server, database server and two chat servers combined sometimes like to swallow up 9-12 GB, resulting in swapping to the hard drive slowing things down. I'm sure many of you have noticed these slowdowns or downtime from time to time, and it would be great if we could eliminate those with some extra RAM.)

To renew for another 2-3 years (until 2017/2018), we're looking to raise between $900 and $1400 (US Dollars) by the end of January 2015; our final target is still to be determined in my conversations with the server company, in which I will seek to achieve the best long-term deal, both financially and performance-wise.

That's equal to about £580-900, or €740-1150.

If Google and Contextweb hadn't cut us off from their ads (for "using too many bad words" and "being a forum", respectively), there wouldn't be any need for us to request donations. Unfortunately the only ad company we've been able to find that would take us isn't bringing in very much money at all, which is why we are again turning to you.

If you know of any other advertising agency that may be able to help us, or you happen to run or be associated with a company that may be interested in advertising on our forums, please feel free to PM me or email us on advertising@gayteenforum.org or advertising@gayforum.org. :)

  • Donations can be made easily from most countries, using debit/credit cards, PayPal accounts, bank accounts, etc., by clicking the Paypal Donate button above (or at the bottom of any page).
  • You can also make a PayPal transfer straight to donate@gayteenforum.org if you prefer.
  • Alternatively, you can make a donation by bank transfer, which is very easy from within the US, UK and most other European countries if you have online banking. You can PM either myself or Brenden for our bank details.
  • For a simple way to make a donation without anything gay-related showing up on your bank statement, see this post.
  • Edit: For more ways to donate without any kind of paper trail, see this post.

If we exceed our target for the server renewal, any excess funds will be used for advertising to drive more high-quality traffic to GFO.

Every little bit helps. Thank you all very much in advance for helping to support this community in the years to come.

We wish you all a very happy new year. :keke:

Best regards,

René, Brenden, and the moderation team
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby Josh » 2 January 2015, 01:47

Done :)
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby acpro » 2 January 2015, 02:37

Does the site itself have an account? I can't imagine convincing my bf letting me transfer money to a Person rather than an entity or a business.
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 2 January 2015, 12:01

Josh wrote:Done :)

Thank you very much, Josh! :keke:

acpro wrote:Does the site itself have an account? I can't imagine convincing my bf letting me transfer money to a Person rather than an entity or a business.

Yep, the PayPal account is registered under the name "GayTeenForum.org / GayForum.org" at the email address: donate@gayteenforum.org :)
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby wizid » 7 January 2015, 06:57

I'm always willing to give a little so I can continue to curse in print as I do in person.
Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare. - Guy de Maupassant
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 7 January 2015, 13:53

wizid wrote:I'm always willing to give a little so I can continue to curse in print as I do in person.

Thank you so much! You are very generous. :keke:
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 8 January 2015, 21:34

Good news: I've found a much better offer for a dedicated server than the one I was hoping to get with the current host.

The specifications are:

  • Intel Core i7-2600 i7-3770 processor
    Currently we have a dual-CPU eight-core Intel Xeon L5420 system; this change will mean an increase in processing speed of roughly 18% 34%.
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
    Currently we have only 8 GB, which gets full pretty often, so this will mean far fewer slowdowns due to paging to disk.
  • Two 3 TB hard drives
    Currently we have only 500 GB of which we're only using half; we really don't need the space, but having 2 hard drives will mean we can set up RAID data mirroring, basically eliminating the risk of data loss due to hard-drive failure.
  • 1 Gb/s Internet connection
    Up 10x from 100 Mb/s. Yay, speed.
  • 20 TB monthly bandwidth allowance
    Up 2x from 10 TB. (Not that we ever get close to that. :P)

This server will be located in Germany, whereas the current server is located in the United States.

We'll be dealing directly with the company operating the data centre, rather than having a hosting company in the middle as we have had for the last 7 years.

Being hosted in Germany has a few annoying consequences due to silly European laws, like one that will require us to put up a notice to tell every visitor that we use cookies to keep you logged in and suchlike.
You may have encountered these on other websites before and found them annoying as I have.
(We will strive to make the notice as unannoying as possible. If you are an EU citizen, please complain about the cookie law to your European representatives through the appropriate channels.)

The German data centre uses only renewable energy (hydroelectric to be precise), so that's a plus. :)

Anyway, the awesome thing (besides the doubled amount of RAM, which we desperately need) is that this server costs only very slightly more per month (€34.29) than the current server did with the discount for pre-paying for almost 3 years in advance applied ($1310 / 33 months = $39.70/month = €33.50/month), so our average costs will stay almost the same but we won't have to pay a huge amount of money at once again like we were expecting.

The $262 (€221, £173) we've gathered so far will actually last us half a year with the new server deal.

If anyone planning to donate would still like to do so this month, please feel free and we'll add it to the funding for the rest of the year.

There will be some downtime as the forums are transferred across, but of course I'll try to keep this down to a minimum. I expect this will be in the next couple of days. An announcement will be posted ahead of time.

Thanks again to everyone who donated! We wouldn't be able to afford servers like this (which are essential mostly due to the video chat) without you. :keke:
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 11 January 2015, 16:22

René wrote:
  • Intel Core i7-2600 processor
    Currently we have a dual-CPU eight-core Intel Xeon L5420 system; this change will mean an increase in processing speed of roughly 18%.

More good news: I've just secured a different server with the same company that has an i7-3770 (Ivy Bridge) processor, which is another 13% faster than the i7-2600 (Sandy Bridge), or 34% faster than our current processor, at the same monthly price.

The old new server is still in its money-back guarantee period, so I'll be able to get that one refunded.

This will just delay the transfer a bit, since I'll have to wait for the new new server to be made available to me and redo some of the preparations I already performed on the old new one.

The current server will expire on Thursday, and the new new server should be ready for OS installation tomorrow (Monday), so I expect I'll move the sites over on Tuesday, plus or minus 1 day.

As mentioned before, an announcement will be posted beforehand, so things won't go down unexpectedly. :)
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby wizid » 17 January 2015, 16:54

René wrote:
wizid wrote:I'm always willing to give a little so I can continue to curse in print as I do in person.

Thank you so much! You are very generous. :keke:


You're more than welcome. Besides, you know how I feel about you guys and this place. Also it turns out I had a little bit more extra money this month than I thought so I was able to give a little bit more. Thank you again for starting GTFO as well as this forum, for running them the way that you guys do, for giving me a place where I both feel I belong as well as a community. Being as disabled as I have been the past five years or so, I spend a lot of time alone stuck in bed, outside of the handful of friends who visit me when they can this is my only community. Without these forums I'd have been dead years ago, thats just a fact. I will always donate when I can afford it, always.
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 17 January 2015, 17:09

wizid wrote:You're more than welcome. Besides, you know how I feel about you guys and this place. Also it turns out I had a little bit more extra money this month than I thought so I was able to give a little bit more. Thank you again for starting GTFO as well as this forum, for running them the way that you guys do, for giving me a place where I both feel I belong as well as a community. Being as disabled as I have been the past five years or so, I spend a lot of time alone stuck in bed, outside of the handful of friends who visit me when they can this is my only community. Without these forums I'd have been dead years ago, thats just a fact. I will always donate when I can afford it, always.

Aww, thank you so much again, and I can't express how glad I am that you're still with us and to have been a part of that. :hug:
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby Mr. Fox » 20 March 2015, 20:39

Is this drive still going on?
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 20 March 2015, 21:09

Sadfox wrote:Is this drive still going on?

We have enough funds for the moment, but donations are still welcome :)

I figured I'd leave the thread stickied for a while because people are still accessing it and donating from time to time, and because any further donations will delay the point at which we'll have to start the next donation drive.
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby Muspelli » 7 May 2015, 07:30

I donated what I can even though I probably shouldn't donate portions of a government handout. :P

If I get in shit, they can stuff it.
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby René » 8 May 2015, 22:27

Muspelli wrote:I donated what I can even though I probably shouldn't donate portions of a government handout. :P

If I get in shit, they can stuff it.

Thank you very much, Justin! :keke:
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby paupal » 31 July 2015, 22:37

I just sent some money to you. I hope you get it. I enjoy using this forum, Thanks
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby paupal » 31 July 2015, 22:57

I sent some money to you, hope you get it.
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby Tony » 31 July 2015, 23:07

As promised at the Manchester meetup, I have just donated some money and I have made it recurring too :)
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Re: Server renewal donation drive

Unread postby dearlybeloved » 14 September 2015, 19:44

You probably got a lot of artists here. You should open up a Paddle 8 benefit auction for selling donated art. I'd donate some prints if you do.
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