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Please Donate To Help Update Idolforums

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Hi everyone!

 

Let me start off by thanking every member here for your continued support throughout the years. It's the members that make the site what it was, and is today, and we're forever thankful for each and every one of you.

 

The first few years of Idolforums saw incredible member growth and traffic which resulted in us consistently being able to upgrade our software and hardware. At it's peak, we were operating numerous web servers and actually had enough banner ad revenue to cover all operating costs. For the past 5+ years we (Buzz and I) have been bringing in no revenue and have been running the site entirely out of our own pockets. We didn't mind because we enjoy being able to run the site, but it did mean we had no budget to do anything but keep it operational.

 

The recent crash and loss of posts was both tragic and unfortunate, but we're looking on the positive side in that it provided us with an opportunity to finally look into upgrading the forum. The previous massive size of our database made attempting to migrate before extremely difficult, and it was one of the main reasons why the site never received any updates (I mean it's 2019 and we still don't have a responsive design).

 

We've been looking into different solutions, and it hasn't been easy given the age of our current software and custom modifications to the site. The migration options are very limited, and as we've recently found out, more costly than expected.

 

Buzz has finally come up with a solution that will work, and we're hoping that some members of the community might be willing to help chip in towards the cost of the new software, migration fees, and cloud hosting/server costs.

 

We'll be fronting as much of the costs as we can ourselves, but every little bit helps and will help speed up how quickly we can upgrade, and ensure we can continue to operate the site moving forward.

 

If you'd like to donate, please visit our Paypal page here:

 

https://www.paypal.me/idolforums

 

Whether you can donate or not, we thank you for your support and hope that we can keep this site running indefinitely. :)

 

- Tom

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I'm broke right now, but might be able to donate next month! Thank you for all you guys do to keep this site running! :flowers:

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Couldn't send a lot right now, but did what I could, thanks for letting us know what is going on :flowers:

 

I haven't used paypal in years but my account still worked :sorcerer:

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Wally should donate a penny for every post that he has. :roll:

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It's the holidays, we're all broke. :P But Thanks guys for all that you do! :flowers: :D

I know, it's bad timing, if everyone just gave a couple of dollars though it would work

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I'll send a few dollars soon! It may have to wait until next month as I'm super broke this month.

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can you charge all the spambots 5 bucks each to register? you'd be a millionaire :lol:

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Can we not get subscriptions anymore? I tried and was having trouble. :detective:

I'm thinking after the forum is relaunched they will re-open it

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I'm thinking after the forum is relaunched they will re-open it

I think so, many things are not functioning right now, the report buttons and other stuff too, it's the bare minimum right now.

 

hoping we get a new setup for New Years o:)

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If anyone can help out with the new costs they are having by donating a little bit it would be nice. I feel guilty, we are the ones who enjoy the board but the Admin are paying out of pocket for it and have been for a long time o:)

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If anyone can help out with the new costs they are having by donating a little bit it would be nice. I feel guilty, we are the ones who enjoy the board but the Admin are paying out of pocket for it and have been for a long time o:)

I'll make a donation very soon!

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I'll make a donation very soon!

I'm sure they will appreciate it. All the snags that keep happening at invision each one makes the costs go up >.

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Buzz and I want to thank everyone who has generously donated to the cause. It was so helpful and because of all the donations we received we were able to finally pull off the much needed upgrade to the website. If anyone who donated wants a custom member title, please shoot me a PM and I'll set that up for you. It's the very least I can do for the help!

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Tom said:

Buzz and I want to thank everyone who has generously donated to the cause. It was so helpful and because of all the donations we received we were able to finally pull off the much needed upgrade to the website. If anyone who donated wants a custom member title, please shoot me a PM and I'll set that up for you. It's the very least I can do for the help!

 

 

oh that should be fun to see, I bet there will be some creative ones minionslaugh.gif

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51 minutes ago, sinycalone said:

Will a donation eliminate the ads?

 

As far as I know there's no way to turn them on/off based on a members usergroup so not at the moment. It would be a nice thing to have (like we did before) so it's definitely something we'll look into soon. 

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2 minutes ago, Tom said:

 

As far as I know there's no way to turn them on/off based on a members usergroup so not at the moment. It would be a nice thing to have (like we did before) so it's definitely something we'll look into soon. 

Thanks

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