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Wielder of the Baratheon BANHAMMER
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Black as Snow was kind enough to be the first person to make a donation for our upgrade, once paypal sends the payment to the forum administrator we will get:

  • No more ads ( though they have been pretty unintrusive so far.
  • Chat Applet
  • Mobile site
  • Custom Smileys
  • Local file hosting and uploads
  • New URL
  • More forum customization
  • Oh and that ****ty curse filter will go away.

Stay tuned as these features roll out in the next few days and bear with us as we make them work.

PS: We also received a donation by Amanda Davenport, please PM me so we can iron some things out.



-- Edited by DonalNoyesArm on Friday 24th of August 2012 06:27:03 PM

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Wasn't even aware we had ads. Good to know my ad-blocked is good for something.
I wasn't too sure about the chat applet before, but it could be useful for anyone who just happens to be in a mood for light conversation at the end of a long day.

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I am worried people will simply retire to the chat applet and interact less in the main forum. But I will see once we enable it.

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Wait where's the chat app?

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Still waiting on the payment confirmation, it was received on a Friday and it takes a few workdays to clear.
I will post an announcement once it all becomes active.

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DonalNoyesArm wrote:

I am worried people will simply retire to the chat applet and interact less in the main forum. But I will see once we enable it.


 It was the only place I could send a not to you and Macha as I have no other way of contacting you. Some

comments are not meant for all posters to see. I already communicate with YvyB and Aegon via Email. It's

okay though, I plan to step back anyway.



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Step back?! No! You are part of what makes this place great.

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I would like to contribute when it comes 'round again. If I am not banished from trolling by then



-- Edited by Rygar on Monday 24th of September 2012 01:56:47 PM

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The forum will always be around....the only funding we need is for gold features such as the chat and those features wont need to be renewed till February 2013...so we are sitting pretty.

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Let me know what I can do to help when it comes time


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Don, how much money do we need, and when do we need it?

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Don, how much money do we need so I can tell Bas how big a check she needs to write?

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Don, how much do I have to whore out myself tonight on the streets of San Francisco so we can run for another week?

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Hahaha, we should be fine. I just put it up for when we do get billed we see the balance right away, for amazingly this is the only non cumbersome way to do so.

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Cary Storm wrote:

Don, how much do I have to whore out myself tonight on the streets of San Francisco so we can run for another week?


 Cary will send you a check after I have paid him for his services, Don



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Oh good, I can go home then. Some fishy people running this corner tonight, wouldn't want to catch something.

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It's my turn

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Omar, I can't help but notice that we're in the red. Are they seriously charging us $60 per billing cycle? And how long is a billing cycle? $60 per quarter seems reasonable for a full-featured site, but for the (lack of) customer service we're getting and the glitchiness, it seems excessive. I wonder if this isn't the time to discuss whether to throw more money at these guys or move the forum elsewhere.

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I agree. The price we pay is not equal to the service we receive. The forum move has two issues:

1. If we can migrate our topics, if not are we ok to start from scratch?

2. The new forum must at least have the same features we have grown to like here:
Chat, custom smileys, etc

I don't oppose it, but so far we had no viable options yet.

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Personally, I would much prefer to migrate the threads, but if it's not possible, it's not the end of the world. We can reconstruct a lot of topics. As for the features, YES, it would definitely need the same features. Without glitches!

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Thats the thing if we jump ship, we might have other issues to deal with and only find out after we move.

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True enough! I think there are quite a few fairly glitch-free forums that I've seen. I'll find out who hosts them.

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Keep us posted, as for your question. This board is hosted on "Activeboard servers, owned by Sparklit systems.

http://www.sparklit.com/



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Don, I think I gave you two links a while back by PM, with forum hosting websites that said they support forum migration, do you still have them?
I think we should just make a short list of options, contact each one and simply ask them "Look, I want to put some money in your pocket. a. Is there a chat? b. Can I import my old threads and c. can we upload our own smileys?"
Simple enough. Sooner or later we'll find someone who values their customers enough to provide a solution to what we need.

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Macha wrote:

Don, I think I gave you two links a while back by PM, with forum hosting websites that said they support forum migration, do you still have them?
I think we should just make a short list of options, contact each one and simply ask them "Look, I want to put some money in your pocket. a. Is there a chat? b. Can I import my old threads and c. can we upload our own smileys?"
Simple enough. Sooner or later we'll find someone who values their customers enough to provide a solution to what we need.


 "How is your mobile browser capabilities?"



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I stayed up many hours last night and this one seems to be a viable option:

Invision forum hosting/software

First I checked reviews:

Ip.board by Invision software seems to be the all around, best reviewed forum hosting site I could find.

I checked pricing:

They base their prices on how many users are online at the same time, our records show that 12 is the max we ever been online at the same time at our current forum, so we would fall in the $10 a month category. I think that's reasonable.

I checked customer service:

"You can contact Invision Power by telephone or email. In our experiences they answered our emails right away, through our corporate email as well as a private hotmail account. They also host an active user forum and a client area. The forum program itself includes searchable help topics for members."

I checked features:

They offer a highly customizible mobile service, plus dedicated chat software. They also have custom smileys and let us use a custom URL.

I am currently in discussion if they could help us with topic migration...stay tuned, I will update this space.

 



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I remember the other question, "Multiple user access to system administration" 



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That looks pretty neat, Don. kraznys



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Cary Storm wrote:

I remember the other question, "Multiple user access to system administration" 


 And also a way for the community money jar to keep the forum going financially.



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Our 3 month bill is up, with also a charge for a second forum database fee. I will pay what I can but anybody that can chip it will be apreciated.

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I'd love to let BaS chip in for me, boss, but the donation button seems to have vanished.

It is a mystery.

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I'll leave it up so peeps who wish to pad our coffers can do so if they wish.

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I thought web were leaving????

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The time has come again, anyone who can spare a few bucks can help us out, I will fill in the rest when I put some $$$ in my credit account.

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Thank you to our "wonderful benefactor" who donated again, so quickly in fact, most people did not even see the link go up.

Thank you again. huggs

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hey guys that time again, anyone who can chip in for our next 4 months of forum service please do so. I started the ball rolling with a donation myself.

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Here we go, for the forum to run for the next 4 months we need some gold dragons....I will start the ball rolling with the first donation. Thanks all, every bit...no matter how small helps.

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Thank you for the donation by a mysterious benefactor, we are good till after season 5 ends! yippie

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"Mysterious"

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Thanks, lovey.

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So, do you guys accept checks? Bonds? Gold-pressed latinum?

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Thank you to our anonymous benefactor "Random Flea" who's donation will keep us chuggin' along for another 4 months! highfive

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Thank you for Japie Q for his generous donation today, he paid for half the funding to keep us going for another 4 months...who else can help? ( Basiiii nooo put down that credit card!)

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A mysterious stranger paid for the rest, geepers I wonder who that is?

Thank you. huggs

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I'm sending that Burt Reynolds pic of him naked by the fireplace as a wall-length oil on canvas frame to BaS.

You're Welcome.

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It was NOT me. But if you insist, please send all gifts of naked men to Lyanna.

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Dolan wrote:

I'm sending that Burt Reynolds pic of him naked by the fireplace as a wall-length oil on canvas frame to BaS.

You're Welcome.


 You mean this one? 

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that's the one Cawy!

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A sneaky anonymous donor paid our hosting for the next half of the year, thank you whomever you are kind stranger.

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Our super sneaky anonymous donor did it again, we can keep chugging along for the fall! huggs

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Thanks anonymous donor! huggs

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