To make a long story short the site is in need of some cash, In the following thread we are going to go over what we currently need, how much we need, what we plan to do with it. As well as answer any questions you may have. The site is getting ready to go through some changes, our good friend Wolf is working on an update to the gallery to make it work smoother and possibly make it so that the logins for the site and gallery are one and the same. Our other good friend Jckf can no longer offer us a suitable hosting environment but has kindly continued hosting the site while we look for a place to call our own. The following is what we are looking to do and is what we need from you guys.
We need a new place to host everything, after much looking around not only at laws but at prices we have located a few plans that will work for us here are the details. There are 2 options and i will detail them both.
Option 1: $162.96/Yr
Option 2: $278.16/Yr
Option 1: 4 Cores, 2GB ram, 250GB disk space, and 4TB of monthly traffic.
Option 2: 6 Cores, 4GB ram, 500GB disk space, and 6TB of monthly traffic.
Either of these would be amazing for this site, it goes without saying that more is better the more specs we have the more capacity the site has and the more we can grow without having to worry about getting overloaded. Each of these has a Gigabit shared link. We are offering options so that the community can choose what they wish to pay for and have a little bit of a voice in the choice made here, after all you are paying for it.
Now some for some basic QnA, we will add things here as stuff gets asked.
Q: Seems like a lot of money isn't it a bit much to ask for?
A: These are pretty reasonable prices for servers with these specs, To shed some light on this if we get just 20 people to give us $8 that's $160 and would cover option 1 for a year.
Q: What will you do with any extra money if you get more then you need?
A: Any and all funds will be used for the site, any extra money will go towards next years bills or purchasing upgrades as needed.
Q: What payment methods can we use?
A:As much as we would like to use Paypal chances are the account would get locked almost instantly, so as such we will be using Flattr much like many private torrent trackers do. You will need to make a Flattr account then donate your funds to Kitsuna's profile
Q: How do i use Flattr?
A: Once you make an account follow the site tutorial and add some money to your account and set a monthly spending limit, then click the link in the question above and click the little green flattr icon to let the site know you want to send money to that user.
Q: what about Bitcoins?
A: As of right now we are not sure how many users have bitcoins, however if you are interested in donating via BTC then by all means let us know and we will work on getting a wallet setup for you.
Q: Will you keep us informed during the moving process, how can i know my money will go to good use?
A: This answer i will answer directly as myself. As the "Server Administrator" i will be doing most if not all of the back-end setup on the new hardware, if anyone would like to keep up to date on how that is going just find me on Twitter i will be posting updates there.
Q: What if you cant raise enough
A: If we are unable to raise enough funds then while the site will not vanish it will however most likely cease to improve, while we can keep it online atm its not currently possible for us to do any back-end work with how the server is setup. Meaning we can not improve, speed up or just generally work on the site in any manner.
Q: I have a question not answered here
A: Then go ahead and ask it, please know that if you ask something we have already answered here we will just ignore you but if we have not addressed your question or you need some clarification then just ask in the thread and we will be happy to reply