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post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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man we are gonna need dedicated servers soon.

no doubt about it bro, i dont know if anyone else has been having issues but i was getting data errors, then after a bit the site was off line for a few.

it was only a matter of time homie, but we are gonna have to go shopping soon



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Yeah, that just happened to me too with the error. Need $$$, let me know...I will put my man out to work on the street for CLSB donations?!
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Yeah, that just happened to me too with the error. Need $$$, let me know...I will put my man out to work on the street for CLSB donations?!
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WTF do birds have to do with this? Something tells me a latte & servers don't mix well... oops..
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You posted a poll asking if we would be members if there were a fee about a year ago, I said no, most people said no. I want to change that vote. I'd pay a small sum to be part of this for a year.

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I'd pay only if Oddy would stand next to me for five minutes at bike night so people would think I'm cool. $25 a year... c'mon.. that's like a penny a post for some of you fools..
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That's my point, I eat sleep and breathe CLSB, $25 a year is nothing, hell, make it $50 and throw in a Tshirt and it's even sweeter.

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Doh! I mean im in for some dough if it comes to that - I get way too much entertainment off this site, so paying would be allright with me. You guys do a great job keeping the drama to a minimum, not to mention all the "extra" stuff that goes on behind the scenes that peeps dont even realize- Thanks for your efforts guys!

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You posted a poll asking if we would be members if there were a fee about a year ago, I said no, most people said no. I want to change that vote. I'd pay a small sum to be part of this for a year.
You'd be hard pressed to find existing members that weren't willing to chip in, I think everyone enjoys this place. The problem is fees discourage new users from joining and I'd hate to see that.

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You'd be hard pressed to find existing members that weren't willing to chip in, I think everyone enjoys this place. The problem is fees discourage new users from joining and I'd hate to see that.
What about tiered for contributors with extra perks or sumthin.....I dunno....

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no fee's a donation link i hope is more then enough i am sure.

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no fee's a donation link i hope is more then enough i am sure.

now if we had porn videos that were FRESH, maybe, just maybe
You find the girls, I will donate my beta camcorder and lava lamps and beanbags for the set decoration.

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I agree with VCOOK, I would like to see a donater or contributer tag on a member for certain amounts etc. 1000RR.net has that type of system.

I agree to that our current members would hook it up for sure....

You IT guys PM Tony or Ken if you can get us the hook up on some upgrades.....


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no fee's a donation link i hope is more then enough i am sure.

now if we had porn videos that were FRESH, maybe, just maybe
For as much as I like pron, I think that would be a bad idea for this site. Maybe a special "CLSB supporter" sticker, but I don't like having any area of clsb available to just certain people (the exception being the womens forum).

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What about tiered for contributors with extra perks or sumthin.....I dunno....
Have an "elite" package you can purchase for $30/yr with extra features.

A couple forums I visit is already on a dedicated server with only 1500 users, that site NEVER lags or crashes. They're considering something like this. I am only a lurker and make an occasional post over there and do not pay.

Although, since I'm a post whore here and need to pay it forward, I'd end up paying a couple bucks to help out.
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Just give donating members a special perk or sig. Maybe access to a private forum or something.

This will still drive new members to the site..
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This site doesn't have the same volume as CLSB, but here is what I was talking about.

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As many of you know (and perhaps, some of you don't know) - this site is 100% funded by 'yours truly'. Hard to believe we've come so far from almost closing the site down last year. But, we stuck it out and after 2007, we've grown to where I'm required to have a dedicated server and can no longer host this site on a 'shared host' site.

I figured I'd give you guys a 'full-disclosure' of what the financial implications of the growth and let you know what our plan is to get the site 'cost neutral' - I'm not looking to make a 'profit' on the site - I'd just like the site to generate enough revenue to pay for itself and get enough to pay back my brother for the running log development. (he paid his programmer to write the log)


What does that mean? About $100 a month verses $5.00 a month. That's the cost to host this site. This doesn't include the cost of the actual vbulletin software upgrades and support (which is about 50 a year or so) - the upgrade to the newest version will be a bit more, but the added features will be worth it - I think


The running log costs: So far, to get the log where it currently is - has run about $2500.00. We've got a 'volunteer' who is now taking over the project to finish the log and add the multi-sport functionality - but the money already spent is still there.


So - what to do?

Ads? Well - after 4 months of ads, we've yet to earn enough to pay for one months of server fees - I'm sure if I loaded ads everywhere, we'd probably increase the overall revenue - but I hate having the ads I currently have as it is - so I can't do that to this site.

Donations? I've had many people ask to 'donate' to the costs of the site. And although I appreciate the offer, I don't believe it is a long term solution to the viability of the site. It may help us pay down the running log bill, and if the ads could sustain the stie, then I might consider that - but I don't believe that will happen.

Subscription/Premium package? This seems the most viable alternative - but even this is scary. I mean, there are '100% free sites' out there, right? Why 'pay' to keep kickrunners.com around? there's runnningahead.com and chrunners.net and active.com - to name a few. And I'm sure, that if we implement the 'premium' package, we'll probably lose some members to those sites - which again, is just part of the 'internet -forum' experience.

So... I've been struggling with this for 5 months (actually, longer - but only since we've gone to the dedicated server)...

Here are our thoughts - and I'm opening this up to the forum so you can understand the decision process. Like I said, some will 'doubt' our intentions and others will just not support the site - and all thats ok. Let me tell you what will free with no changes.

1. The Running Log - Free - period - we are working to place ads in the running log area to help offset the costs of development and future growth, but the log will be free
2. The forums and training areas - Free.
3. PM's - Free - All members will have 50 pm's (minimum) and access to everything you have access to now


What are we looking to offer in the 'premium' package
1. Ad free (100%) forum and front page area as well as in the running log.
2. Choice of Templates (free membership will have just the 'default' template with the ad bar on the left. As new templates are added, premium members will have access to them
3. Custom Titles - as a premium member, you will be able to create your own custom title - Free Members can still 'earn' a custom title by referring people to the site (as you can now)
4. Chatbox - this new feature will be available for the premium membership - We're looking at a newer robust chatbox with additional functionality - but in the interim, the current chatbox will be the one we'll use
5. Custom Group - buddy functionality - this is part of the new Vbulletin software upgrade (version 3.7). The version is in the final beta testing by the developer. Once completed, we'll be upgrading our site to add the new features. Part of those features include 'custom buddy groups' - galleries, blog and other features - all will be available to the premium members.
6. Graphics in the signature line

and more to be added....


I'm hoping we'll be able to get enough members to subscribe to the premium package that will help offset the cost of the site.

Feel free to post your thoughts and feelings - if you would rather pm me, that's fine also.



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I hate ads. Willing to pay or donate a fee.

Is the Search function hogging resources? Many busy sites limit searches to once every 30 seconds. It's a little bit of a pain but might make a huge difference in resource usage.

What about attachments?

If you don't have good info on what the limiting factors are, you could tweak the site a bit once a week and see what makes a difference.

If that doesn't work, get rid of the PS3 forum and let's start voting people off the island!

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