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Old 04-16-2022, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Help Keep Netphoria Going Through 2022-2024

Hey guys, this is Andrew Pakula and I am looking for some help to keep the Netphoria Message Board Forums continue running through 2022-2024. I am asking for some donations solely to pay for the web hosting costs for the next 2 years.

Donation link - https://gofund.me/c2dcbee9

Many are probably wondering why am I keeping this going?

Netphoria is sort of a relic of message board culture, something that has faded away from the internet with the prominence social media, reddit, discord, etc. It is something I created and when I was much younger and always liked and been proud of the community that it became, I am happy to see there is still some of us on here and I’d like to still preserve the site.

For a long time it did not cost me extra to keep Netphoria running, I had my own dedicated server which I used for freelance purposes so having an extra site on it did not matter. However once I gave up freelance work several years ago I have basically been out of pocket for Netphoria’s web hosting costs ever since.

Web Hosting Full Disclosure

Previous hosting was with IBM Cloud and costing me approx. $130/month, without my freelance work subsidizing the cost this was obviously unsustainable.

The New hosting as of this year is with Namecheap and utilizes a VPS server for $38/month which is much more reasonable and so far appears to perform just as great.

The exact cost
  • Namecheap VPS Quasar - $19.88/month
  • Cpanel Control Panel addon - $18.88/month
  • Total - $38.76 (USD)

So that translates to $930.24 (USD) for 24 months, plus approx. $27 for the Gofundme fee, we get a total of $957 (USD) or $1200 (in my Canadian dollars) I’d like to aim for.

I should also mention there is no other revenue streams available for Netphoria, at one time Advertising could be utilized to generate something but due to Netphoria’s uncensored nature the site is basically blackballed on Google Ads.

So I leave it up to all of you guys, if you wish to donate it would be greatly appreciated, Netphoria will continue to live on, if not then that’s ok too, I am sure some like Monte would be happy to see it go away.

To Donate - https://gofund.me/c2dcbee9

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 11:42 AM   #2
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Happy to donate.

Would you also be upgrading the VBS software which is very out of date and buggy? Would be awesome to have the site stop telling me my IP has been banned every few hours and have something usable on mobile.

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 12:15 PM   #3
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Happy to donate.

Would you also be upgrading the VBS software which is very out of date and buggy? Would be awesome to have the site stop telling me my IP has been banned every few hours and have something usable on mobile.
Thanks!

I commented on another thread about upgrading the VB software, it would be fairly difficult but not impossible, I would definitely have to test the process on a separate test site if I attempt it. There are some that don't want it updated, feeling it would lose the familiar feel, so I am not sure yet but it would be nice to have a more responsive design.

As for the IP, if you message me what IP it is when it pops up I can try and fix it. I may also just clear out all the IPs on the block list, the site is now run through Cloudflare so that should eliminate a lot of the bots.

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 01:27 PM   #4
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i think we should also look into selling some of brothahi's posts as art pieces to further fund the donations to this cause

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 01:41 PM   #5
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We can always sell Monte's dating posts as NFTs

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:23 PM   #6
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Awesome. Been wanting to donate, thanks for making it easy

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:32 PM   #7
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I just donated $100. Don't let a little glitch be the top donator.

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:33 PM   #8
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Thanks!

I commented on another thread about upgrading the VB software, it would be fairly difficult but not impossible, I would definitely have to test the process on a separate test site if I attempt it. There are some that don't want it updated, feeling it would lose the familiar feel, so I am not sure yet but it would be nice to have a more responsive design.

As for the IP, if you message me what IP it is when it pops up I can try and fix it. I may also just clear out all the IPs on the block list, the site is now run through Cloudflare so that should eliminate a lot of the bots.
If that were to happen, would all the banned members have access again if they felt inclined to try logging on?

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:49 PM   #9
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In the 10 or so years ive been reading it, this board has been far more entertaining for me than the band upon which it is based

Also has provided much-needed catharsis and camaraderie as ivd watched, with near-total dismay, the decline of my once-favorite musician

So thanks so much for keeping it running, it means a lot to me

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 06:37 PM   #10
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In the 10 or so years ive been reading it, this board has been far more entertaining for me than the band upon which it is based
ha! ha! yes, I remember when Tonic was great. We're past that!

 
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Old 04-16-2022, 10:30 PM   #11
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donated

damn thing didn't let me enter in a joke name

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 12:39 AM   #12
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what are the odds the anonymous $50 was corgan

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 04:12 AM   #13
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we should set up a rendezvous meeting place in case this site goes and just disappears one day

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 08:54 AM   #14
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donated

damn thing didn't let me enter in a joke name
Thank you! I can't edit the name but I can make it anonymous if needed

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:49 AM   #15
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#serious

I'm just shooting spitballs here... but would a zuzu/netphoria collab be possible?

someone should hit up corgan to cover the hosting cost.

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 01:43 PM   #16
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someone should hit up corgan to cover the hosting cost.
not likely to ever happen, he's never liked Netphoria

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 03:39 PM   #17
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Bill would buy it just to close it.

I’ll chip in anonymously. Whatever happens - cheers for keeping the site going this long, Andrew.

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 04:20 PM   #18
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Less than 300 weird Canada dollars away now, we got this guys

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 05:41 PM   #19
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Who the devil paid $666!?

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 06:08 PM   #20
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we should set up a rendezvous meeting place in case this site goes and just disappears one day
Yeah, I can't imagine not coming here everyday. It's literally a habit to check Netphoria.


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That is interesting.

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:00 PM   #21
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Thank you! I can't edit the name but I can make it anonymous if needed
no worries, just wanted to dick around

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Yeah, I can't imagine not coming here everyday. It's literally a habit to check Netphoria.


That is interesting.
especially since everyone regularly posting here has suffered enough brain damage that they're unemployable

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:38 PM   #22
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Appreciate that this site is still up. Good to see some of the community here after all this time. Always useful for historical reference too. As always, if any technical help is needed, please reach out.

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Old 04-17-2022, 09:44 PM   #23
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Just seeing this and goal is met (Nice job guys!).

That said, should I still donate? (was going to pitch a little)

 
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Old 04-17-2022, 10:38 PM   #24
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Just seeing this and goal is met (Nice job guys!).

That said, should I still donate? (was going to pitch a little)
Thanks to all that have donated, I didn't think it would reach the total that fast, so that's amazing, much appreciated.

The amount raised is for 24 months of hosting, anything donated extra I will put toward additional time, so if you donate still we'll be in to 25+ months.

 
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Old 04-18-2022, 04:54 AM   #25
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Old 04-18-2022, 01:57 PM   #26
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In awe of the folks using a fake name on their payment method. Truly living on the edge.

 
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Old 04-18-2022, 02:05 PM   #27
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In awe of the folks using a fake name on their payment method. Truly living on the edge.
Care to explain the difference between posting anonymously and using your board name or whatever?

 
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Old 04-18-2022, 02:22 PM   #28
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Care to explain the difference between posting anonymously and using your board name or whatever?
I just meant the only name I could enter was part of my bank information.

I don’t wanna get a call asking if I authorised a payment by Jinkus Boobsnatcher or whatever.

 
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Old 04-18-2022, 04:53 PM   #29
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I put anonymous and then changed it later

 
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I just meant the only name I could enter was part of my bank information.

I don’t wanna get a call asking if I authorised a payment by Jinkus Boobsnatcher or whatever.
Wasn’t there a name and then a “name on card section”, too?

I used my actual name for the latter. I’d love to have the opportunity to discuss the new ATHF shorts and upcoming movie with a Chase rep.

 
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