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Old 22nd July 2018, 07:54 AM
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I Say... 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

This forum is still using an "End Of Life" software which, although I really like it, and I hate to "Move Everyone's Cheese", for the future there is little choice other than to "Move On".

I have put a "Donate" button in the header for at least 2 (maybe 3) months. Advertisements do not pay much these days, but in addition - As I am learning Xenforo it is simply not as easy to do many things such as modifying a header template to approximate the current header. Quite a long story re: learning Xenforo "code" vs. the vBulletin code I have used for many years.

The situation is simple - Because of things such as PHP version advancement, it will/would be difficult to maintain "ancient" code (which Elsmar currently runs on), less secure, PHP versions.

There are other issues as well, but the bottom line is Elsmar has been online since 1996 and the forums are running on software which is no longer supported.

To do this "upgrade", it will cost me in excess of US$5,000 to US$10,000. It is a complex and complicated change involved with importing all of the old vBulletin into Xenforo - So - I'm asking for donations. The new software will be quite different, but has a lot of nice features - one of which is the ability to start a post and save it as a Draft which you can edit prior to posting it.

If you want Elsmar to continue - To make it 23 years (hopefully more) online, please help. Please donate. The Paypal "Donate" link is in the forum header.

After the change paid advertisements will return and the donate button will go away (or be moved elsewhere for people who want to support Elsmar via a "Contribution").

BTW - I just signed up for Paypal's "Business" account to be able to accept "Donations / Payments". You can also send me money directly using the Paypal transfer - My Paypal "address" is elsmarmarc@gmail.com - "Marc Smith" - "Goods or Services" - This is NOT currently tax deductible... Elsmar is not currently a non-profit organization.

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Marc

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Old 22nd July 2018, 10:51 AM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

I used PayPal from my smartphone. Never thought would be so easy to send money. A few seconds and a few key strokes and, voilá.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 03:40 PM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

Thanks, Sidney. I'm not a Paypal user normally, but I figured I'd try it. It was easy to set up.
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Old 23rd July 2018, 01:06 AM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

Hi Marc,
Is there any indication of the value of an induvidual donation that would make a difference?
Cheers
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Old 23rd July 2018, 01:46 AM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

I really hate to suggest - I think a lot of donation "drives" ask for 25 dollars or more, but my limited experience has been that donation requests like this fall on deaf ears in general. For those who are inclined to give, any amount is appreciated.
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Old 23rd July 2018, 07:21 AM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

Done deal Marc.
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Old 23rd July 2018, 11:15 AM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

Let's get real here. The fact of the matter is most of us work for businesses and come here for help to ask/answer questions. Time to hit up the boss for a donation for a place that pays for itself 10,000x. This site was out of commission during my last TS audit and it killed me -- I really needed it.

Come up with a suggested amount?

Individual: $25-$50? Crumbs
Company: ??? what do you think.
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Old 23rd July 2018, 01:05 PM
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Re: 2018 Software update - Donations Appreciated

My ears are not yet deaf
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