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Storm2k update & major fundraising info - All, please read!

#1 Postby southerngale » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:31 pm

Storm2k is kicking off a very important fundraiser and we need your support!!

Most of you are aware that Storm2k was down for over 3 days last week. I believe the best way to handle this is to be honest with you all. We had run out of funds and were actually past due for several months. Marshall (mf_dolphin) had been making the payments from the donations made to our PayPal account. Neither David nor I had access to the account and we didn't know where we stood on donations. We knew we were low, but we didn't realize we were completely out of funds and actually so far behind in payments. We had held off on campaigning for funds because we haven't been able to reach Marshall lately and we had already planned on starting a new PayPal account, one where we both had access and could keep up with the balance. We have tried for months to reach him to get his cooperation to continue to run the site and make some necessary upgrades. We've tried through texts, emails, phone calls, Storm2k PMs, and Facebook messages, which we know he saw, all to no avail. We know he is ok, so the lack of response is deliberate. It has been both frustrating and disappointing as Storm2k apparently isn't a priority for him anymore. But rest assured... Marshall may have abandoned us, but Storm2k is a huge priority for both David and I and we couldn't be more excited about the future of Storm2k!

We are working towards a NEW, BIGGER AND BETTER STORM2K in the near future!

We have a new PayPal account that can be monitored by me and vbhoutex. We will not be left in the dark anymore. We will do everything in our power to avoid another shutdown.

We know that this time of the year is particularly tough due to the upcoming holidays, but anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. We are basically starting from scratch and we need a lot of donations. No matter how big or small, they all add up and help Storm2k. We plan on providing periodic updates as to what our balance is and how far that will last us. Our monthly server costs are $219 and another $39 for Ham Weather, bringing our annual costs to $3096.

Thank you for your generous help and support of Storm2k over the years - a weather website that all of you have helped to create and grow!

PayPal is the preferred method for donations as it goes directly into our Storm2k PayPal account. If you need to send a check instead, please PM me or vbhoutex for an address.

The email address at the top of the PayPal page should match this: storm2kdkj@gmail.com
Do not use the Donation button on the homepage (http://www.storm2k.org/wx/) for the time being. We will not get it. The links on the forum and in my signature are good. When you see the email address above, you know it's correct.

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#2 Postby CajunMama » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:06 pm

Donation made. I actually set up a monthly recurring donation. If y'all can, donate $5, 10, 20+ per month.
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#3 Postby StormingB81 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:09 pm

I will as soon as I get done relocating. Will be moving down to Florida at the end of the month but once I get settled and finances settled I will hit it up.
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#4 Postby vbhoutex » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:08 pm

THANKS CAJUNMAMA!! YOU ROCK!!
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#5 Postby RL3AO » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:19 pm

Donated $20. Doing what I can for someone whose about to move off to school.
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#6 Postby vbhoutex » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:40 pm

EVERY donation counts, no matter how big or how small. Thanks RL3AO!!
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#7 Postby WeatherGuesser » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:00 am

Two thoughts:

Post something regarding the actual costs involved in the hosting and the monthly bandwidth used. (Look at other Hosting provider and their costs?)


Remove/Edit the previous Donation link on the Homepage.
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#8 Postby vbhoutex » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:34 am

WeatherGuesser wrote:Two thoughts:

Post something regarding the actual costs involved in the hosting and the monthly bandwidth used. (Look at other Hosting provider and their costs?)


Remove/Edit the previous Donation link on the Homepage.

Posted elsewhere also, but I will answer here, our actual costs are $219.00/month for the dedicated server plus payments to Hamweather and maybe others that we have not been able to determine yet for their information on the homepage. As best we can determine our costs are approximately $3,000.00 per year. As we determine more we will update.
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#9 Postby tolakram » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:49 am

Donation made.
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#10 Postby WeatherGuesser » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:01 pm

Without going overboard and annoying/alienating members, have you given any though to a few limited, targeted ads dealing directly with weather related products and services?
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#11 Postby vbhoutex » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:08 pm

WeatherGuesser wrote:Without going overboard and annoying/alienating members, have you given any though to a few limited, targeted ads dealing directly with weather related products and services?

That is not currently under consideration. IF and I do me IF we ever have ads on this site it most definitely would be those only related to weather products and/or services.
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#12 Postby CajunMama » Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:10 pm

Hello? Hello? Any donators out there? :D
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#13 Postby AnnularCane » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:20 pm

I donated a little something.
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#14 Postby Stephanie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:53 pm

AnnularCane wrote:I donated a little something.


Thank You! :D
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#15 Postby vbhoutex » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:04 am

Thanks AC!! Every "little something" counts and makes it easier to pay our bills.
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#16 Postby GaryHughes » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:28 pm

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#17 Postby wx247 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:35 pm

I made a donation. :) I look forward to enjoying Storm2K for many years to come!!! :)
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#18 Postby vbhoutex » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:26 pm

Thanks wx247!!! We look forward to your contributions too.
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#19 Postby MattG » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:12 pm

I'm a lurker but one who appreciates the conversation here. I made a small donation.

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#20 Postby southerngale » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:58 pm

Thank you so much, Matt! Every donation adds up and is very much appreciated. :)
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