Racer-X wrote:^^ and maybe increase the percentage of upcoming auction funds to forum upkeep.
Naturally, I stand ready to do this. I have enough watches left over for at least three more auctions. I just need the OK from Alain.
The upgrade will increase costs for the server to about $570 every six months which does not include any add-ons nor what Dion or another programmer would do related to software which is another matter.
What it will do is give us 6 cores of dedicated server (all of this is in a virtual server). We currently have a shared core which was fine when we had less traffic, less information on the servers. The new mvps will have 6 cores, give us twice as much storage and more bandwidth, over twice as much. The SSD drives will allow the site to load faster regardless of people on the site.
On the Internet, a virtual server is a server (computer and various server programs) at someone else's location that is shared by multiple Web site owners so that each owner can use and administer it as though they had complete control of the server. Some Internet service providers (ISPs) offer a virtual server service instead of, or in addition to, virtual hosting. Using a virtual server, a company or individual with a Web site can not only have their own domain name and IP address, but can administer their own file directories, add e-mail accounts and address assignments, assign multiple domain names that resolve to a basic domain name without involvement from the ISP, manage their own logs and statistics analysis, and maintain passwords. Users of a virtual server, however, do not have to manage the hardware aspects of running a server and effectively share the cost of expensive line connections to the Internet.
I have been thinking of adding a couple of sub forums (suggested by members here) that are in Spanish, Chinese/Japanese and perhaps a couple of more languages. We do get visitors from other countries here and I agree with some members that it might enhance the forum and perhaps bring in members not interested in tv watches or tired of places like WUS/TZ. Sooner or later we will have to upgrade the software. We use phpBBS which is free software but the modifications needed and such are not free as we all know. I have no idea when that might happen or the potential costs but I am exploring it.
At any rate, any suggestions going forward would be welcomed. it is your forum and as in your home it has to be comfortable, safe and interesting.
what you guys/gals do is up to you as far as support goes. We do not now have or ever will have sponsors here to spam the place or tell us what we can or cannot say.