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Donations

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:57 pm
by valis
Hi all!

For those that don't know John Cooper started the PlanetZ forums, and our community has congregated here for years (among other places). We certainly owe him a debt of gratitude for starting and keeping these forums on his website over the years. Some time ago John C. mentioned that his interest in Scope had waned, and we agreed to give the forums a home. When we moved the hosting for these forums over to my online neighborhood, we removed the donation button that John had in place. At the very least the donations now needed to point at a different paypal...

I have maintained this web-server for over a decade & I don't run the web hosting side of my life on a for-profit basis. Since I don't mind hosting our forums sans donations, I obviously took my time getting around to re-adding the donation button. Rest assured I would never want to take that pint out of your hand or find you for lack of a good smoke, and this place will be around regardless.

To be fully transparent, I do not *require* donations to keep hosting this community. Still, I'm going to again put up a request for donations both in this post and as a button at the bottom of the forums, as we once had when John hosted us. If you should feel like helping out with a donation, it will certainly help cover the associated time and costs.

And of course there are some things that needed attending to when I took over the stewardship of this web presence. The forum software (phpbb) has moved on from the 3.0.x codebase, so a migration is long overdue. A 3.1.X template comes along with that, to keep and/or update the familiar look of this place. And before that occurs the files database has broken links before a certain date, but the files themselves are still present. There's also a few other minor things that will need to be accounted for before a migration occurs. All in all I will eventually get to it if for no other reason than the 3.0.X code will eventually be rendered vulnerable to some attack or other that warrants it. I mention these issues as it makes sense that should anyone feel the urge to be generous, excessive income generated by donations here will be allocated to getting around to these issues sooner, and of course continuing to keep these forums going.

Donate via this link here or the "donate" button at the bottom of the forums.

Thank you all for continuing to participate here and it makes me happy to be able to help do my part.

Note: All donations are 100% confidential and your donation information goes to noone else. I respect not only your privacy but also insure that your information is secure and shared with no 3rd party at any time. Your privacy is safe here. If you prefer 100% anonymity but still want to donate, you can try using the 'pay with a credit card' option without logging into paypal. I don't mind adding other options here if someone wants to donate and for some reason can't use paypal, please respond in this thread and we'll go from there.

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:59 am
by garyb
done.

people, send a little something! :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:17 am
by faxinadu
sent! rock on Z! <3

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:50 pm
by valis
Thank you :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:48 pm
by Sounddesigner
I just made a donation to Valis. This is the best forum and thus needs to be supported. Thank you for taking on the primary responsibility of keeping Planetz alive, I figure I need to do my part with a small donation when I can.

Re: Donations

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:21 am
by John Cooper
Thanks again Valis for taking on the hosting / moderating duties. While I'm not particularly involved in the community anymore, I'm happy to see that it lives on and prospers in good hands.
-John

Re: Donations

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:29 pm
by catscratch
I finally did this and should have done it sooner. Thanks PZ. You have been a priceless resource.

Thanks to the mods and to all who have kept PZ rolling over the years.

C

Re: Donations

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:11 pm
by faxinadu
added a montjly donation on top of previous one! go Z!

Re: Donations

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:32 am
by valis
I always have downtime in the winter in my area of the country (music gigs dry up, which fills the gaps in my other work). So perhaps it's finally time to consider the upgrade path for the aging phpbb versions we're running here. GaryB spends a lot of time taking care of spammers and the like, and that would be reduced, and I could finally finish fixing the links to the older devices. I started on that 2 years ago and then had a son! And now that he's almost two, I feel like life is returning to normal...

Re: Donations

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:47 pm
by dawman
Thanks for reminding me.
Just re upped.

Re: Donations

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:11 am
by valis
Ty Jimmy, waiting on faxi to respond to my q. :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:48 am
by dawman
He’s probably recording in Thailand in some Tree Top with Monkeys and exotic Birds, etc.
Guy gets around.

Re: Donations

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:49 am
by RA
Ofcourse we support the cause :wink:

Re: Donations

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:02 am
by valis
And thank you sir :wink:

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:37 am
by GordonGekko
:) thanks Valis. And I think Faxi meant the box you can tick (reccuring payment) on paypal...

Re: Donations

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:43 pm
by valis
Yep, finally realized that's there. Appreciate the support and the opportunity to continue supporting you guys and our collective Scope dreams :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:14 pm
by faxinadu
sent a few more bucks :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:55 am
by spacef
donated a little something :)

Re: Donations

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:02 pm
by valis
Should I add a bitcoin/altcoin option?

Re: Donations

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:09 pm
by Sounddesigner
I just sent you a small donation Valis .