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Old 08-23-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Zophar's Domain launches on Patreon



Hi, Everybody!

For years Zophar's Domain has been supported by meager and heavily fluctuating advertising revenue. This has meant that the site's development has been severely hindered. From time to time I have free time and I get enthusiastic and develop some new feature or work on a section of the site fixing bugs, but inevitably enthusiasm runs out and the site or new feature gets abandoned for a year. Or two.

I think its time to start taking things more seriously.

Zophar's Domain would like to launch a donation drive in order to
  • Remove advertising from the site (yes, no ads, if I'm able to cover server costs!)
  • Ensure funding for future development so the site doesn't just disappear off the internet one day

Even as an archive, Zophar's Domain needs to be worked on. Not only does content need to be updated, but the site desperately needs a new layout, and it needs in-depth development for its separate sections, kind of the same way I have recently remodeled the new and well-received music section.

Zophar's Domain is turning 21 years old this November. Help me keep a piece of internet history alive and running!

Thank you!

To help out, visit here: www.patreon.com/zophar
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:35 AM   #2
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Done

Also, this announcement has been added to GameHacking.org's Hacking Scene News forum.
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:27 AM   #3
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21 years? Wow, I had no idea this site was half my age.

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Old 08-26-2017, 02:36 PM   #4
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Done

Also, this announcement has been added to GameHacking.org's Hacking Scene News forum.
Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2017, 04:23 PM   #5
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Don't ever allow the site to "just disappear off the internet one day"

Some members who have been around for the bulk of those 21 years have already mentioned interest in buying it.
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:10 PM   #6
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Are you going to cut off site features, and then add them as paid benefits like a certain other site?
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:28 AM   #7
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Are you going to cut off site features, and then add them as paid benefits like a certain other site?
I hope not!


But we currently serve half a million pageviews a month, and yet there are only 15 patrons pitching in $70/mo, while the site runs on two servers costing $415/mo. So if the fundraiser doesn't work out over the next few months, I'm gonna have to either re-instate all the ads, or give more incentive to donate by limiting features, or remove features such as MP3 downloads as these are the primary drivers of cost.

90% of the costs of the site are incurred by the music section, so if it does come down to it, the music section will be the affected one.
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