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Nate in the PDX
- FB Fan -

USA
141 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2016 :  08:02:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey there, folks, this is Nate in Portland, OR, USA, longtime "lurker" and once-in-a-blue-moon poster.

Not trying to toot my own horn here in the slightest, but I made a donation to this site today via PayPal in order to help with the costs Dean bears. I noticed that my US dollars go a LONG way, given the very favorable exchange rate with the Canadian dollar right now. (Apologies if this means something bad, like the Canadian economy tanking or something; I've never had a strong grasp of economics.)

I've never contributed cash to the site before, but a few weeks ago I was looking at the forum, and it occurred to me that I should chip in, finally. This site and the forum have meant a hell of a lot to me over the years, and I want to see it keep going! Maybe my little testimonial here will motivate you to do the same. http://www.frankblack.net/friends/

Cheers & salutations to you all! And hearty thanks to everyone who keeps this site and this conversation going.

hammerhands
* Dog in the Sand *

Canada
1527 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2016 :  12:59:05  Show Profile  Visit hammerhands's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Done.
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2016 :  17:58:08  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you both, that definitely helps a lot to have some assistance with the server costs. Also, for any that may notice, sorry about the downtime, there was a name server change while I was out of the country but I think we're getting close to getting things back to normal. Hopefully soon, all will be well with the world. Anyone that would like to add a few dollars to the donation hat is still quite welcome, about 1/3 of our costs for the next 2 years were paid generously by these two!


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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pixiestu
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2521 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2016 :  23:57:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was scared for a while. I took Nate's post on board and thought I'd chip in a little. Then the next day...boom...no forum. I thought Dean had taken the money and done a runner!


"The arc of triumph"
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2016 :  04:05:00  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nope, the bill is already paid for the next two years (well, it's charged to my credit card) so even if I run off, as long as we aren't hacked mercilessly (at which point I might be tempted to pull the plug) we're good until 2017 when I have to renew the domain and 2018 when I have to renew the server again (that's the big cost).

What I think we really need, once I figure out what the 'internal server error' is on the main page, is to get some contributors to get the Discopedia up to date again, and then we can start scouring the web for quotes, song explanations, etc. Aside from the forum, I think that's the main attraction here and it is in desperate need of love.


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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picpic
* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
1184 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2016 :  08:47:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Donation done.

Hope this site & forum will continue to be active and carry on. I must confess I'm more a Pixies than a BF solo fan (maybe I'll be, one day. I'm still growing up). But as much as this place is the only place to discuss Black Francis, it is also the only place to discuss the Pixies on the Internet. This little community must not die.

It's kind of sad to see the board hacked or abandoned sometimes. I'm probably not the most interesting poster here, but I've made a few inputs to the Pixies tab section over the years. Think I discovered a few secrets here and there. Hope I contributed a little bit on my own level.

Great appreciation for everyone involved in maintaining this site. Hope the donations will help to keep it alive.

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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2016 :  11:40:44  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They do and thanks! We're now over 2/3 of the way to having donations covering our server costs for the next two years thanks to you folks! Every little bit helps, absolutely. I suppose the tab section is pretty important, too, I used to use it a lot back when I played music a bit more often.


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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natenate101
= Cult of Ray =

USA
685 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2016 :  15:21:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I donated as well. This is a unique place and long may it continue.
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matto
= Cult of Ray =

USA
897 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2016 :  15:33:53  Show Profile  Visit matto's Homepage  Reply with Quote
ditto

thanks!!

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Discoking
= Cult of Ray =

Belgium
730 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2016 :  00:35:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Done.


it's educational
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McDutchie
- FB Fan -

Netherlands
217 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2016 :  09:57:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And done.
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2016 :  17:19:08  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well all, I am very pleased - and grateful - to report that everyone's collective donations have pertty much paid off the entire server bill for the next two years. Thank all of you here and the rest for your donations to keep this place alive. One other thing that everyone can do to help build up the funds over time (so we'll need less donations next time) is, if you're going to buy something on Amazon anyway, go through our store portal to get there:

http://astore.amazon.com/frankblacknet-20

There is a small amount of commission (even on items not in the FB.Net collection) that gets paid to the site when purchases are made through there.

Thanks again all for the support, and anyone interested in volunteering time to help with any specific section I'd love to hear from you!

-Dean



"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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McDutchie
- FB Fan -

Netherlands
217 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2016 :  01:13:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank

Well all, I am very pleased - and grateful - to report that everyone's collective donations have pertty much paid off the entire server bill for the next two years.


Good to know we'll be around for another while.

I've noticed the "Service Unavailable" problem seems to be gone and the site is much faster. That's also excellent. Did you find the cause and fix it, or did it somehow mysteriously solve itself?

edit: Except, the entry page http://www.frankblack.net/ gives an internal error. The main page does work. Strange.

Edited by - McDutchie on 02/05/2016 02:33:51
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

679 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2016 :  06:08:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have been a member for around 13 years and never donated Not acceptable so have just fixed it. I was suffering majorly while you were down, I feared the worst. So glad you are up and running again :)
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2016 :  16:34:58  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much Sprite. :) And it was an issue with server resources, I hope it doesn't come back because it means that even with the shiny new server we're still too big. I haven't got a clue yet what is causing the error on the landing page...


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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Superabounder
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1036 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2016 :  18:26:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dean thanks for all you do...Had forgotten to come on here for a long while - must have tried it when the site was down. So glad it's back! This place helped me through some lonely times back in the day!



I'd rather be anywhere or doing anything
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picpic
* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
1184 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2016 :  07:44:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By the way, the forum availability is 99.9% since a few months. Great to be able to talk about the latest news with the community without crashes. Thanks for all the work !

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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2016 :  12:16:10  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No problem, I'm glad it's performing better and certainly appreciate that it's appreciated. :) Thanks for everyone's help keeping the conversation alive and the site worth visiting and especially thanks again to those that have donated to help with costs!


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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