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#21 Postby southerngale » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:09 am

Update: We have enough money to cover next month's bills, but not the following month. If you can spare a donation, we could really use it. We rely on our members to keep us going and we truly appreciate each and every donation, no matter the size. It all adds up! Just think... if every member donated just $5 or $10, we'd be covered for years! ;) That'll never happen, but if every active member did the same, we'd still be covered for a long time. :)
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#22 Postby vbhoutex » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:03 am

Our current costs for just the server are $230.00 of per month. We also have other costs for some of the features on the home page which are not as much but must be paid on a yearly basis.
I just did a calculation based on our active membership+guests that are usually on the site at any given time. That appears to be an average of 135 plus or minus. Of course when there are severe, Winter, and of course Tropical weather situations happening our on site amount jumps by hundreds. Anyway, using the lower amount of 135 we get 135X$5=$675 per month. That amount covers almost 3 months of the server cost. Just think if we got that amount($675) each month. That would amount to $8100 per year, which would easily cover our current costs.
Like Kelly said "That'll never happen, but if every active member did the same, we'd still be covered for a long time." She is right, it hasn't happened yet in all the years we have been open. To say the least Kelly is an integral part of this site and we as admins rely on each others help, as well as the rest of staff, but I have a challenge for the membership and visitors to STORM2K. PROVE KELLY AND I WRONG. MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Is this a plea for funds? You bet it is. If we don't get the money, the end result is pure and simple-STORM2K WILL END UP SHUTTING DOWN. There are other options available to us such as going to a subscription service or allowing ads on the site, but that is not something we want to do. We are actively looking into all options available to us and some of them would save us substantial amounts of money, but until we are sure that we will still be a secure site with technical personnel that can quickly troubleshoot any problems that may arise we won't be making any quick moves.
If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact Kelly or I or post them here.
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#23 Postby stormkite » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:52 am

I donated a little something.
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#24 Postby vbhoutex » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:06 am

:uarrow: :uarrow: :uarrow: We appreciate every single donation!! Thanks!! :D
Can you please give me a confirmation no. on that so we can verify it?
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#25 Postby Txslady » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:25 am

I don't post/participate much but this is the site I go to for all my weather information. Donation sent.
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#26 Postby vbhoutex » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:49 pm

Thanks Txslady!! We appreciate the support.
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#27 Postby RedRiverRefuge » Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:57 pm

On its way!
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#28 Postby vbhoutex » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:44 pm

We appreciate your support RedRiverRefuge!!
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#29 Postby fci » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:38 am

Donation sent. Thanks for letting us know the situation.
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#30 Postby vbhoutex » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:52 am

fci wrote:Donation sent. Thanks for letting us know the situation.

Thanks for your continued support!!
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#31 Postby gboudx » Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:10 pm

Long overdue but I've donated. Best website for weather info, hands down.
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#32 Postby JSDS » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:27 pm

Donation sent
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#33 Postby vbhoutex » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:32 am

Thanks for your support and for the kudos!!Looking forward to a better 2014 for STORM2K.
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#34 Postby Calin1171 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:34 am

Donation sent. Donations might pick up as the Atlantic Basin season gets closer. I know this was my first time logging onto the site since the end of last season, and suspect others have been absent as well. Hopefully as the traffic picks up, so will the donations.
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#35 Postby vbhoutex » Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:29 pm

We appreciate your continued support.
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#36 Postby Tireman4 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:58 pm

Can I mail it to you?
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#37 Postby vbhoutex » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:18 pm

Tireman4 wrote:Can I mail it to you?

Check you pms.
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#38 Postby CrazyC83 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:27 pm

Winter tends to be a slower time here typically anyway. But the bills don't go away!
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#39 Postby JtSmarts » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:49 am

Just donated and I will continue when able. This site has provided has provided so much for me over the last decade, I'm glad to help out!
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#40 Postby vbhoutex » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:32 am

JtSmarts wrote:Just donated and I will continue when able. This site has provided has provided so much for me over the last decade, I'm glad to help out!

Thanks for the kudos and your continued support!!
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