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 Post subject: Future of TC (and Me)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 11:39 am 
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Hi Guys,

First post in nearly 18 months! I need to discuss a few things.

1. Google Ads is simply not generating the money required to pay the server fees. Right now we are down to $50 and we pay about $85 a month in hosting.
We need to move to a cheaper web host. I have no idea what impact that may have on performance.

I'm happy to cover any shortfall until November but after this point we'd need to consider how its going to be funded on an ongoing basis.

2. This site is running on really old software, I've looked at it a few times and it's going to need substantial time and effort to roll all the changes through and I have no idea how it may impact the MVP. I'm starting to think the best option is to archive this board at the end of the season and start a new instance of TC with the latest version of phpBB.

3. We need to find a new Admin. I just don't have the time or inclination to do the role any more. When I helped Camel start this site, I was still a software developer - I haven't been in that role in 12+ years, and I'm completely out of touch.

Any thoughts on the above? I'm sure a (possibly younger) tech savvy member would kill these changes over a weekend.

I hope you have all been keeping well.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:47 pm 
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Hey Chucky

Hopefully we can come up with something, I'm of no use to you sorry.

Hope you don't mind, I just made this into a global announcement to try and get more eyes on it.

Not sure how many people venture in to TalkingDirections

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 3:58 pm 
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Good to hear from you Chucky.
I hope you're enjoying the wins.
I'm useless with technology. (I still don't know how to post pictures! :oops: )

But I'm happy to help financially where required.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:15 pm 
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Blue Vain wrote:
Good to hear from you Chucky.
I hope you're enjoying the wins.
I'm useless with technology. (I still don't know how to post pictures! :oops: )

But I'm happy to help financially where required.
Same here Chucky

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 Post subject: Future of TC (and Me)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:19 pm 
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Yep likewise.

Patreon is an option for partial monetisation...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:26 pm 
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best option is to archive this board at the end of the season and start a new instance of TC with the latest version of phpBB.


On board with this as well anything that removes some of the crap I have posted over the years can only be a good thing :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:26 pm 
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I got cash…!


kindest regards tommi

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:42 pm 
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Have you thought of changing the name to something catchy .... like The Blue View?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:53 pm 
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Who is the current host?

A fresh slate would be the best option, particularly given how many versions behind TC is, god knows what upgrading will break.

I'm nominally an admin but haven't logged onto the Admin console in probably a year or more :oops:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 5:52 pm 
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Sydney Blue wrote:
Blue Vain wrote:
Good to hear from you Chucky.
I hope you're enjoying the wins.
I'm useless with technology. (I still don't know how to post pictures! :oops: )

But I'm happy to help financially where required.
Same here Chucky

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 6:32 pm 
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Sydney Blue wrote:
Blue Vain wrote:
Good to hear from you Chucky.
I hope you're enjoying the wins.
I'm useless with technology. (I still don't know how to post pictures! :oops: )

But I'm happy to help financially where required.
Same here Chucky

Same here.

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 Post subject: Future of TC (and Me)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 6:37 pm 
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Happy to throw in some cash too!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 7:25 pm 
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missnaut wrote:
Happy to throw in some cash too!

Same here.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:53 pm 
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Maybe we should just ditch the player sponsorships and use that?

Save the site and two young careers with one action.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:24 pm 
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GWS wrote:
Maybe we should just ditch the player sponsorships and use that?

Save the site and two young careers with one action.

If it helps LOB I am all for it. :thumbsup:

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 Post subject: Future of TC (and Me)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 11:43 pm 
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i don’t know what it costs, but the kids use Slack these days. the app is free and also has web browser access too. i use it for eight different “workspaces”.

also discord. started for gaming but lots of code forums on discord these days.

both might be a bit cheaper than renting hosting for a BB server.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:21 am 
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What about a steering committee comprising of Gobaggers, Synbad, & jimmae?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2022 10:26 am 
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CK95 wrote:
What about a steering committee comprising of Gobaggers, Synbad, & jimmae?
Needs more 'magazine style content' to be viable.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2022 11:32 am 
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showbag wrote:
Have you thought of changing the name to something catchy .... like The Blue View?

And get rid of those darn ads while we're at it

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 Post subject: Future of TC (and Me)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 11:27 am 
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Slack has some merit. 10k searchable messages at any one time.

Structure of the groups would need some thought.

A lot simpler private messaging and no requirements for maintaining code as a SaaS platform.

Happy to setup a pilot for some select posters for feedback.


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