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Offline Jazza

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Downtime Resolved
« on: October 22, 2008, 01:55:43 PM »
We've recovered from the downtime we had due to an issue with the hosting, it has been somewhat resolved. We will release more information soon. So the forum is now back up and operational. Thanks for your patience.

No, we aren't looking for a new host.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2008, 04:18:20 PM by Christine »
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Re: Downtime Resolved
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 04:57:16 PM »
Thanks for your patience over the past 48 hours while our forum has been offline.

To briefly explain what occurred:

We renewed our hosting on the 18/10/08 based on the package we had been on the past 2 years. As it transpired, we were getting so much traffic we have had to upgrade to a higher package. The traffic had been steadily increasing over the past year and we had exceeding our allocation in terms of server resources. We are now on the second highest package that our host offers.

The host we have actually operates the servers, they are not a reseller. We are NOT looking for another host. We have done extensive research into alternative packages over the past 4 years both in Australia and overseas. The Australian hosting companies simply don't compete, sorry to all you people who are happy with your Australian hosts, but frankly  for what we are getting now (as in support and package) from our host, a local host would cost hundreds a month.

As we have had to upgrade our package this has meant our hosting fees have increased substantially. We have no option but to pay these extra fees as we require the service we are paying for. It has also meant that we now must seriously consider ways to help to subsidise these fees.

We have considered a number of possibilities.

1) Enabling a Paypal donation system for those people willing and able to donate. If 100 members donated $6 a year each the hosting would be more or less covered.

2) Having fund raisers as we currently do to raise money for team equipment, but use the funds to pay for the increased fees for hosting.

3) Selling advertising on the site to raise revenue to cover these fees.

We do not want to do option 3, but the facts are that these things must be paid for somehow.

We would be interested to hear your thoughts and ideas on this issue.

We are committed to building a bigger and better forum for you to enjoy but to do this we need to look at the serious issues of financing the project.

Sorry to be a wet blanket.

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« Last Edit: October 22, 2008, 05:06:43 PM by admin »
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Re: Downtime Resolved
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 09:58:00 PM »
A testament to the popularity of the forum!

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Re: Downtime Resolved
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008, 10:02:07 PM »
Yes indeed.
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