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UKNerfWar
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We'll work that out in time. Judging by the feedback so far we'll be hosting ourselves so we'll look into our options before we come around shaking the bucket.

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Dazzle740
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Would a subs not maybe be worth looking into for the funding of the new site?
I also would gladly donate to the new forum, I personally have no experience in this kind of thing but is it do-able in the time frame allowed?.
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:16 am View user's profile Send private message
NscrupulousModefiler
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Hey team. You guys are doing an awesome job keeping this going. Happy to add to the donation pile for an independent site, but seconding the guys that aren't really too worried about ads in the meantime (hell, I got my mail-order bride in the post just recently through an ad on BritNerf's default image-hosting site...). Would there be that much more/worse than there are already? I'd just worry that any perceived "fee" for joining might limit membership uptake and so participation into the future. The only other forum that I've had anything to do with long-term (again, a small and pretty specialised OCD/Art/Hobby base...) asks for donations leading up to the due date and is generally oversubscribed. It would be nice to spread the load evenly though.

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n_g
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I can't contribute any skills, but would be happy to donate/subscribe
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:46 am View user's profile Send private message
blindgeekuk
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While I'm happy to contribute, I think you need to figure out how much bandwidth the site uses and how much that's going to cost

However, are any of the mod team experienced LAMP admins and knowledgeable about mailqueue/postfix/sendmail? If the answer to that is no, I'd give up on the idea of hosting your own version.

While a decent hosting package should eliminate a lot of the stress, getting a new version of the my free forum code, with your own tweaks and a 5 year database of posts could be a challenge in 2 months.

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FDT
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Is vBulletin an option?

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Davera
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I am more than happy to pay a one off donation or pay a monthly subscription fee if that helps with long term running costs.

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powerlines2000
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Happy to donate.

If you want to go it alone look at lcn.com hosting it is about 2 a month and Vanilla forum open source may be a help. I have used it before and it is fairly user friendly.

Or

ProPhpBB is worth checking out.
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UKNerfWar
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Thanks everyone for your support.

blindgeekuk, our migration can potentially be very easy since the package we will receive from MFF comes with everything including all the back end interface. As I understand it, all we need to do is populate the new server and then reroute the DNS.

What we are looking to do is take the opportunity to update the framework of the forum to make it more current and possibly freshen it up a bit. There are currently a few options available for this, we just need to look into which is best.

On the subject of subsidies, I'm not really a fan of that idea. I don't think we should expect people to pay to enter the community. Perhaps one day it'll come to that but I much prefer the idea of people giving what they can.

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OldNoob
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I should also say that we can incorporate this into the overall Britnerf CIC annual running costs and act accordingly.

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Big_Poppa_Nerf wrote:

Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
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old_man_nerf
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If it moves the formation of britnerf plc a little further along as well then as catalysts go it's probably no bad thing. Could there be a 2 tier payment option - one for donations and the other to be a fully fledged member with the pli rolled in?
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OldNoob
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We will host a chat about Britnerf CIC as soon as details are finalised, expect news in the next 10 days. We are very aware that all of this is important to members and will do our best to progress a solution quickly.
As noted above the forum will remain free to access although if banner ads are added those will pay to the community not 3rd party. As soon as the options for both the Forum and the CIC are done we will share them and get comments/feedback.

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Big_Poppa_Nerf wrote:

Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
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Davera
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Banner ads paying for the community isn't a bad idea. We are all so used to them they are pretty much expected on any web page these days.

Could I put it out there that we try and set it up so that the forum is accessible from a mobile app? I for one would find this a much more user friendly experience than viewing the Forum via a web browser on my phone.
I understand if there is a bigger cost implication here that makes it not possible.

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Boff
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Davera, trust me, it's on the board. I spent a good chunk of yesterday Googling around and testing the waters for PHPBB3+ friendly mobile implementations. There's not a lot of point bringing the forum bang up to date if you're not going to account for 60% of the traffic at the same time. Smile

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Davera
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Glad I'm not the only one thinking of that. Just thought I'd throw it out there just incase.

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UKNerfWar
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It's good that you asked Davera. The cheap option would likely mean nothing would change but by upgrading we could add some fancy new features.

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[quote="OldNoob:38837"]Remember if a mod guide has no performance test figures to back it up, look for a better one![/quote]
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Jay
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I've setup and administrated around 10 vBulletin forums on domains and FTP servers since 2007 so the subject is something I'm very familiar with. I also do graphics and web design so I can customise styles completely to individual likings.

As such I'm happy to assist consultation for hosting, forum types, migration etc. (for free of course, I've never charged for any work like this).

Just give me a shout if it's needed.
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OldNoob
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Target amounts will be announced once several options are properly costed. Several associates of forum members and companies have offered us help, we are in the process of drawing up a list of options to put to you all.
Thus far no single donor is going to be needing to put in more than 20, based on most recent costing, we are not intending for people to have to put in large sums.

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Big_Poppa_Nerf wrote:

Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
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Nice handle ON!
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Perhaps you could ask Langley for help? (He's the MFIC of NerfHaven)



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