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Title: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: SteveP on June 07, 2013, 09:05:16 PM



:pomppomp: For anyone who wishes to donate just click on the button below  :pomppomp:

(http://mk5golfgti.co.uk/donate.gif) (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BTYNVWSTX9US4)




Dear Faithful Members,

It's time again for us to ask for your help, Our forum funds have run out again and we need your support to top up the kitty to keep the site running, and to maintain it's independence (from sponsors etc).

So please dig deep and drop some funds to the cause via the link above  :happy2:

Thanks,

(http://daz.co/rich/img/MK5/admin.jpg)





Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Thor on June 07, 2013, 09:14:55 PM
Donation made  :happy2:

Confirmation number: 58T70904VL776032S.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: PND on June 07, 2013, 09:23:15 PM
Donation made. :congrats:

Confirmation number: 4L536562JN526231T.

Still the best forum on the Internet.  :drinking:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Eddie-NL on June 07, 2013, 09:34:49 PM
donation made
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: skard on June 07, 2013, 09:42:29 PM
Done.

Confirmation number: 66F74385NY230664N
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Hedge on June 07, 2013, 09:45:13 PM
 :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: bacillus on June 07, 2013, 09:46:08 PM
Done...   :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RoMocop on June 07, 2013, 09:51:01 PM
Done :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: golfman on June 07, 2013, 10:25:00 PM
Donation Made  :drinking:


scott :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: fab5freddy on June 07, 2013, 10:31:02 PM
Donation made  :happy2:

:drinking:

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Mandy on June 07, 2013, 11:01:04 PM
Donation made. :pomppomp:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Stanipkiss on June 07, 2013, 11:12:50 PM
I hope this helps keep the sponsors from knocking. Keep up the good work  :happy2:   :happy2:    :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on June 07, 2013, 11:32:25 PM
I would donate but two things stop me
1) random forum downtime, it's worse than uk-mkivs!
2) I don't want to get banned for selling v7 maps.  :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Tortaruga on June 07, 2013, 11:44:14 PM
Done :smiley:
Thanks for the effort in keeping a brilliant forum in existence.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: vwrascal on June 08, 2013, 08:27:19 AM
Best forum...FACT  :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Itsagthing on June 08, 2013, 08:54:59 AM
 :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: JoeDarKa on June 08, 2013, 10:22:17 AM
Done
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: GOLDENBOY on June 08, 2013, 10:24:52 AM
Donation made!!!   :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MrDo on June 08, 2013, 12:15:22 PM
Donation made. Easily worth more than the price of a few magazines. Keep up the good work  :happy2:

Might be worth considering http://www.google.co.uk/ads/publisher/ (http://www.google.co.uk/ads/publisher/) as these are very unintrusive and likely to be relevant to forum users interests. The whole system is geared to showing relevant text ads either at the side or top and bottom of pages.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: jbc on June 08, 2013, 03:29:34 PM
Donation made.
4RB428301K8738548
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: scooba on June 08, 2013, 07:59:10 PM
DONE!
Keep doing what your doing
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Hedge on June 08, 2013, 10:54:40 PM
I would donate but two things stop me
1) random forum downtime, it's worse than uk-mkivs!
2) I don't want to get banned for selling v7 maps.  :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL: :signLOL:

No donation = no forum at all.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Jonny on June 09, 2013, 07:09:20 PM
Done  :happy2:

Confirmation number: 0HP38333NW9939029
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: pd9264 on June 09, 2013, 08:21:00 PM
Donation made
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: SI-R32 on June 09, 2013, 09:46:44 PM
Done

6N838992LS2755458

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: StephenED30 on June 09, 2013, 09:53:47 PM
Done, Keep up the good work.  :happy2:

Confirmation number: 00V686361X962870D
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Mertyvw on June 10, 2013, 01:30:46 PM
Done

Confirmation number: 0TV273951G384082N.

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Kalpsn2000 on June 10, 2013, 01:44:53 PM
Done :happy2:  I would really miss this forum if it wasn't around :love:

2NV54086CU107514V
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: jonnboyy69 on June 10, 2013, 04:17:03 PM
Invaluable service tnx  :happy2:

Confirmation number: 85X51027L5595993E
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: dmac1969 on June 10, 2013, 09:35:21 PM
Done - Confirmation number: 1S297655MS0089343  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: 06Hirons on June 11, 2013, 10:41:00 AM
Donation Made
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: JPC on June 11, 2013, 11:00:36 AM
Only just saw this, donation made ;)
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: berg on June 11, 2013, 12:37:09 PM
donation made  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RedED30 on June 15, 2013, 07:35:15 AM
Confirmation number: 1XL14188RK762405U.

 :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Greeners on June 17, 2013, 09:53:03 AM
Detail My Ride have chucked a bit in the bucket!  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Hedge on June 17, 2013, 12:39:05 PM
Detail My Ride have chucked a bit in the bucket!  :happy2:

Sponge or wash mitt?  :grin:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: stealthwolf on June 17, 2013, 02:12:17 PM
Donated.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: mtj2k on June 17, 2013, 02:15:59 PM
Confirmation number: 64R222147F715333M

Keep up the good work
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Greeners on June 17, 2013, 04:14:06 PM
Detail My Ride have chucked a bit in the bucket!  :happy2:

Sponge or wash mitt?  :grin:

Wash mitt obv!!  :surprised:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Hedge on June 17, 2013, 04:47:24 PM
 :sad1:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: stealthwolf on June 17, 2013, 04:51:04 PM
Don't worry, Hedge. I have a zymol sponge............











............that you can use!
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: kevinm on June 18, 2013, 10:47:14 PM
Donated: 0MY45749HK504184D

Great forum  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: cpk on June 19, 2013, 04:58:19 PM
I've only been here a year, but this forum's saved me a lot of money.  Cost me too though - wouldn't have known about all the expensive ways to improve a Golf without it!

Donated - 32A47706FM841893X. 

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: DAZ1985 on June 19, 2013, 05:14:13 PM
Donated
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: SteveP on June 21, 2013, 08:52:27 PM
Thanks for all the donations so far, we have raised about 1/2 what we need for the next 6 months so please dig deep  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: john_o on June 21, 2013, 09:15:45 PM
done  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Jabarton99 on June 26, 2013, 08:51:54 PM
Donation made

Conformation number 7EJ44006PX2457458
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: wigit on June 26, 2013, 09:07:48 PM
 :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: sparky on June 27, 2013, 09:23:41 PM
 :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Eddie-NL on June 30, 2013, 06:06:19 PM
Confirmation number: 73V413451E036764U

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: scopes on July 01, 2013, 01:41:26 PM
Donated

Confirmation number: 6LM106505B8149424

 :happy2:

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: CarrG on July 02, 2013, 06:53:11 PM


Great Forum!  :drinking:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Welshman Adam on July 04, 2013, 12:19:18 PM
Done, ref 23P06631C5738533B

 :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: JustinP on July 10, 2013, 11:22:15 AM
Although I don't post much.

The info on here is priceless, it's helped me out so many times.

Thanks for all the threads and contributions.

Confirmation number: 6KF964272R581571J.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: BalanceMotorsport on July 10, 2013, 05:07:18 PM



:pomppomp: For anyone who wishes to donate just click on the button below  :pomppomp:

(http://mk5golfgti.co.uk/donate.gif) (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/donate.html)




Dear Faithful Members,

It's time again for us to ask for your help, Our forum funds have run out again and we need your support to top up the kitty to keep the site running, and to maintain it's independence (from sponsors etc).

So please dig deep and drop some funds to the cause via the link above  :happy2:

Thanks,

SteveP & The Mk5GolfGTI.co.uk Team




Hi  Steve & Mk5GolfGTI site - do you have any corporate sponsorship opportunities?
Did you know the Alexa rank for this is 18,845 - which is amazing ! No wonder you need donations to keep it running even Demon Tweeks are only at 5,934 and my wee site doesn't even have a UK ranking :-(
Reason I found this out is an SEO company is looking at sites that link to me and this site is one of the top linkers to BalanceMotorsport so thanks for that everyone!
cheers
Julian
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Eddie-NL on July 22, 2013, 12:41:45 AM
Donation made

49L30528G56246259
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Luka on July 22, 2013, 07:36:10 PM
 :happy2:

15N51026WD146883X
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: fish on August 01, 2013, 03:36:59 PM
 :smiley: Done. Excellent forum!
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: cmdrfire on August 08, 2013, 11:01:31 PM
Sorry for taking so long mate - put something in the pot to support this great place.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Mandy on August 15, 2013, 10:25:19 PM
£12 raised so far from tax disc holders. 7BP31639YX138850T. :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: formulaclean on September 04, 2013, 05:02:06 PM
waiting for some money to come into paypal and will happily donate :)
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Marc-5-GTI on October 17, 2013, 07:15:50 PM
Donation sent, really appreciate the things you do behind the scenes! only been here 6 months and I've realised how good you lot are already! keep up the good work  :congrats: :happy2:

Ref: 5EC861985D798753N
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Stanipkiss on October 20, 2013, 08:22:08 PM
Donation sent as agreed with StephenED30 for fixing the code error on my car today.

Keep up all the great work you guys are doing.

Thanks
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MC71 on October 22, 2013, 10:39:40 PM
Donation made from the sale of bits on the site.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Waleedkhan on October 29, 2013, 05:07:13 PM
Donation made
2EJ986482T536840S :)
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Waleedkhan on October 29, 2013, 05:08:20 PM
Donation made
2EJ986482T536840S :driver:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: DANBOY66 on December 10, 2013, 07:15:24 PM
donation made

65K28430AT222793T

half of the donation is from GS WAX as he sorted me out a little trim piece and asked if I could donate to the forum rather than pay him for it  :happy2: top man  :smiley:

Dan..
Title: ***** FORUM UPDATE - JAN 2014 *******
Post by: SteveP on January 10, 2014, 09:27:15 AM
*** UPDATE ***

I know a lot of you have expressed concerns about the stability of the Forum of the past few months and agree it needs urgent attention and updating.

I no longer have the time or can provide the level of funds the forum needs to support it's current growth.

Any donations sent in the last 30 days have been refunded and I will be giving notice to the server provider that the account is to be closed in 30 days.

I will give all the forum software and database to anyone that wants to take it over and will repoint the domain name to their new server and provide any support I can to help minimise the downtime etc.

Thanks to all the members, current and past, who have helped make this forum a friendly and welcoming site with a huge amount of information. Also a big thanks to the other moderators who have stuck by the forum and without them it would not be here.

I don't want to see the site close so I hope someone can step up and take the site forward.

Please email me - steve "at" mk5golfgti "dot" co "dot" uk if you can help  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MAT ED30 on January 10, 2014, 09:30:20 AM
 :sad1: big shame been with the forum since it started and met some fantastic people  :sad1: that includes you guys that run the site  :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 10:09:51 AM
Oh dear.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Hedge on January 10, 2014, 10:18:16 AM
Thanks for your time and efforts over he years Steve. It's been emotional.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 10:21:40 AM
Hope someone with the know how can take it on. A great forum! Thanks for running things this far! Be a huge shame to see it go  :sad1:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 10:21:45 AM
Steve... I'm quite happy to admin the site (with your help to start with) but wouldn't want to control the financial side of it.

That's my offer.


It would be ashame to see it go.  :sad1:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 10:22:48 AM
Steve... I'm quite happy to admin the site (with your help to start with) but wouldn't want to control the financial side of it.

That's my offer.


It would be ashame to see it go.  :sad1:

I'm be more than happy to donate, i would have thought many others would be to
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 10:25:34 AM
Do the donations cover server costs?

What size is the site and DB?  What bandwidth does it use?
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 10:27:19 AM
Steve... I'm quite happy to admin the site (with your help to start with) but wouldn't want to control the financial side of it.

That's my offer.


It would be ashame to see it go.  :sad1:

Same as Rich.
I don't know how much it costs to run the server.... I can't imagine it would be excessively expensive...
Presumably the donations are enough to have it running.

Give me a call steve I will PM you my number..
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 10:39:00 AM
Steve... I'm quite happy to admin the site (with your help to start with) but wouldn't want to control the financial side of it.

That's my offer.


It would be ashame to see it go.  :sad1:

Same as Rich.
I don't know how much it costs to run the server.... I can't imagine it would be excessively expensive...
Presumably the donations are enough to have it running.

Give me a call steve I will PM you my number..

Also willing to help in any way i can. Currently talking to a friend who has web hosting etc at his disposal.

How much bandwidth does the forum use a month?
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 10:48:35 AM
I hope when Steve calls me I can get that information but yes otherwise for us who would be able to take over running the site we need to be told bandwidth usage average, bandwidth peak, database size, and monthly hosting costs (currently).

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 10:51:30 AM
Do you work in a data centre Jay?
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 10:53:58 AM
Well £30 a month can bag you 1TB of bandwidth so less than that i'd imagine. But yeah we wont know till we get the hard stats  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 10:55:25 AM
Do you work in a data centre Jay?

 I'm a network engineer  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 10:57:34 AM
Oh i'm far inferior then!  :laugh: well still willing to help if can mate! haha
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 11:02:03 AM
It's usually the CPU that gets battered and I/O on heavy DB installs... Plenty of SSD or SAS environments about though... Should see the demands for the massive minecraft servers. :laugh:

@Jay
Which server company do you work for Mate, I may know a couple of peeps.

.

It's good to see people taking an interest when it comes down to brass tacks. :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 11:06:57 AM
I don't work for a server company mate, I work for a private organisation (not in Web hosting) doing Networks, LAN, VOIP and Wifi deployments.

We all need to take it one step at a time.

No-ones inferior to anyone Deago lol, everyone I'm sure can help out in their own way.   :drinking:
I've looked into hosting costs based on assumed bandwidth, and I'm talking with Rich about moving forwards. I don't think anyone of us would like to see the site go down.

I have PM'd Steve my contact number so when he has time I'm sure he will give me a call and we can talk about moving forward and sorting something out, touch wood with limited downtime.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Deago on January 10, 2014, 11:12:01 AM
Aha, im just pulling your leg jay  :P

But i only know a little about it just out of personal interest!

As before, willing to help in any way, just let me know because i'd hate to see the site go down just like you guys, because its a great community and i use it frequently. But as said, nice to see people stepping up to the plate when it comes down to the wire!   :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MC71 on January 10, 2014, 11:23:34 AM
Oh sad times indeed.  :sad1:

I hope one (or several) of you can take this on and sort this out. I'd love to help but as I'm a complete moron with this internet malarkey that's not going to happen but if and when monies are required, just ask.

Might also be a time to consider advertising as most members don't contribute a penny. Better a forum with ads than no forum at all.  :sad1:

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 11:26:02 AM

Might also be a time to consider advertising as most members don't contribute a penny. Better a forum with ads than no forum at all.  :sad1:



We would not want to introduce that if at all possible to avoid all adverts.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 11:26:50 AM
Oh sad times indeed.  :sad1:

I hope one (or several) of you can take this on and sort this out. I'd love to help but as I'm a complete moron with this internet malarkey that's not going to happen but if and when monies are required, just ask.

Might also be a time to consider advertising as most members don't contribute a penny. Better a forum with ads than no forum at all.  :sad1:



No way Jose. That would contradict all that this forum has stood for.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: paulw123 on January 10, 2014, 11:34:17 AM
really really sad news.
this forum brightens up my day.
please please please keep it going somehow.
surely sponsors adverts for golf services/accessories etc would be ok.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Marc-5-GTI on January 10, 2014, 11:37:49 AM
Oh no  :scared:

Devastating news..

I'm also a moron with the web hosting side of things.. I've contributed to the forum as I came from a forum with a sign up fee and it felt strange not to..

I do think we should have a membership fee of say £5 though if we do pull through this
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 11:39:31 AM
I've got a spare dedicated server not doing much, can whack the files and DB on for testing, its only a little dual core / 4gb / raid 1 jobby, but should be fine as a test bed... Assuming it's not windows based.

As for the live environment, I'm buying into some VPS's at the end of the month so would be good to see what's decided...
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 11:42:31 AM

I do think we should have a membership fee of say £5 though if we do pull through this

again no this is something that i think users personally would find to be unacceptable. We would not want to charge members of the forum for using it nor spam it with adverts.

ideally would want to keep the site as close to how it is now as possible. I am just awaiting a PM/call/email back from Steve.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RedRobin on January 10, 2014, 11:45:23 AM
Granted that no-one wants advertising, but IF no-one can take over the technical running of this site (together with the Admin power!), then a percentage of something is better than 100% of nothing. Simples :)

I won't abandon ship if advertising has to be done to survive but I may do according to who takes over Admin.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: scopes on January 10, 2014, 11:49:46 AM
I would also be willing to help in any way possible... There was a few days the forum was down, i was lost with out it...  :fighting2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 11:53:53 AM
Granted that no-one wants advertising, but IF no-one can take over the technical running of this site (together with the Admin power!), then a percentage of something is better than 100% of nothing. Simples :)

I won't abandon ship if advertising has to be done to survive but I may do according to who takes over Admin.

Well this is it, personally I feel i would run for donations in a similar manner (that being people who feel happy donating that would be gladly accepted and this would sit in an account purely for the purposes of running the site) as is currently but I'd end up paying for most of it I feel (which up to a point I'd be okay with??)

This is provided that Steve is happy with this and myself and any others who jump on board would be accepted by other members . But as I've said this is all subject to further information that only Steve can provide so until any of us have a chance to discuss with him nothing will happen.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 11:54:02 AM
Well... The forum needs updating to v2. So that would lead to downtime, but hopefully the trade off would be better stability in the long run.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Marc-5-GTI on January 10, 2014, 11:56:27 AM
Fair enough, I understand keeping it as it is.
But rather than losing the forum altogether if the worst comes.. Would it be an option to advertise etc then?
I'd personally rather have a forum with adverts than no forum at all  :happy2:

Big thanks to rich and jay for taking this upon themselves though  :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RedRobin on January 10, 2014, 11:57:21 AM

This is provided that Steve is happy with this and i would be accepted by other members. But as I've said this is all subject to further information that only Steve can provide so until any of us have a chance to discuss with him nothing will happen.


....What I do or don't do means diddlysquat but I would be happy to accept you, Jay.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 11:58:26 AM
I've not taken on anything. Merely expressed my thoughts to Steve.  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 11:58:51 AM

This is provided that Steve is happy with this and i would be accepted by other members. But as I've said this is all subject to further information that only Steve can provide so until any of us have a chance to discuss with him nothing will happen.


....What I do or don't do means diddlysquat but I would be happy to accept you, Jay.  :happy2:

Grow up robin
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: brookesb32 on January 10, 2014, 12:07:32 PM
I think a lot of members- myself included who have given but also gotten a lot out of the forum would be more than happy to donate to keep it running. I personally don't think that say £10 per person per year would be much to use such a great forum  :happy2:

At the same time if it can run from general donations from those who wish to then all the better!

Perhaps once all the above server etc info is known then a forum vote could help?  :drinking:

Simon
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 12:08:21 PM
Got 30 days to test and upgrade to version 2... Could run various versions for benching etc.  might be a blessing in the form of ironing out issues without DT.  Although, there maybe slight DT for some whilst the DNS's catchup, up to 72 hours, but much faster these days, alas, better that than people updating the wrong DB. :happy2:

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time. :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RedRobin on January 10, 2014, 12:41:43 PM

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time. :happy2:


....Yeah, I'm up for giving that a last chance - It's well known that Rich and I haven't always got on with each other. We'll see.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 01:03:22 PM

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time. :happy2:


....Yeah, I'm up for giving that a last chance - It's well known that Rich and I haven't always got on with each other. We'll see.

Can't leave it can you robin.  :stupid:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: RedRobin on January 10, 2014, 01:15:56 PM

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time. :happy2:


....Yeah, I'm up for giving that a last chance - It's well known that Rich and I haven't always got on with each other. We'll see.

Can't leave it can you robin.  :stupid:


....I have already PM'd you and agreed with you that it can be "water under the bridge". However, posts like this from you don't help  :grin:

EDIT: I think that your latest PM saying "Thankyou" do indeed mean that we can both move on with a clean slate.  :drinking:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 01:48:10 PM
Got 30 days to test and upgrade to version 2... Could run various versions for benching etc.  might be a blessing in the form of ironing out issues without DT.  Although, there maybe slight DT for some whilst the DNS's catchup, up to 72 hours, but much faster these days, alas, better that than people updating the wrong DB. :happy2:

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time
. :happy2:

I agree I think we can all help each other out.
No reason to have grudges, at least not publically. Being civil will make everything easier for us all.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 10, 2014, 01:50:10 PM

I'm sure with everyone working together it'll be fine, perhaps it's worth putting some old conflicts to bed at the same time. :happy2:


....Yeah, I'm up for giving that a last chance - It's well known that Rich and I haven't always got on with each other. We'll see.

Can't leave it can you robin.  :stupid:


....I have already PM'd you and agreed with you that it can be "water under the bridge". However, posts like this from you don't help  :grin:

EDIT: I think that your latest PM saying "Thankyou" do indeed mean that we can both move on with a clean slate.  :drinking:

Correct!  :grouphug:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rex on January 10, 2014, 02:08:18 PM
Sad news.
I am a software engineer and If I can help in any way please say so.
1. What software is required to run the site?
2. What kind of database are we using?
3. What is the combined size of all the programs and databases needed?
4. What is the average amount of traffic?

Better off with some adds than with no forum at all.
I think there are a lot of tuners that would like to advertise here. Also Google Ads is not a bad idea based on the number of visits this forum gets.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MC71 on January 10, 2014, 02:24:04 PM
Oh sad times indeed.  :sad1:

I hope one (or several) of you can take this on and sort this out. I'd love to help but as I'm a complete moron with this internet malarkey that's not going to happen but if and when monies are required, just ask.

Might also be a time to consider advertising as most members don't contribute a penny. Better a forum with ads than no forum at all.  :sad1:



No way Jose. That would contradict all that this forum has stood for.

I whole heatedly agree that this should NEVER be a forum spammed with ads but its a suggestion that you (surly) can't summarily dismiss without considering the financial costs of running and maintaining the site on donations alone when those donations might not be enough. I've no idea if more comes in than goes out. :confused:

Just how much does the forum cost each month and is there a shot fall and, furthermore, is SteveP (more than likely) paying for that shortfall? Might be £1, might be £100 a month, I've no idea.

As said, I'd happily pay as I take out (from the site) a vast amount more than I can ever contribute in either knowledge or skills.

 :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: vRSAlex on January 10, 2014, 02:26:18 PM
I have some ideas.  Need to have a talk with Steve first, but I want to help keep this forum alive.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: SteveP on January 10, 2014, 04:41:42 PM
To answers some of the questions: -

Database = Currently 1.7GB on MySQL 5.5
Total Disk Space = Usage around 10GB (but can run on far less)
Current VPS Spec = 2.2GHz Dual Core / 2GB RAM on VPS server (Runs on Windows 2003 R2 64bit)
Webserver = Apache 2.2
Data Last Month = 40,113MB

Current Costs = £66 a month inc backup and monitoring services
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: SteveP on January 10, 2014, 04:42:13 PM
PS - I am away at Autosport for work until Monday so can't call anyone about the site until then.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Scottymon on January 10, 2014, 05:49:14 PM
You can get a virtual but guaranteed 12Ghz / 20GB RAM / 2x 1TB / 10TB BW for £60 p/m.  Unfortunately I don't do Windows, I'm sure someone else can help though. :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 10, 2014, 06:42:41 PM
Cool cheers that gives us some figures to work with.
but yes you can get cheaper hosting than that which will work. Alongside a software upgrade.. should be working wonders.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on January 17, 2014, 02:06:28 PM
Bump for Steve to contact... been a week with no contact whatsoever.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on January 17, 2014, 10:01:26 PM
Let's just start a new forum. Mk5golfgtibutmostpeopledonthavegtisanymore.co.uk  :signLOL:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: MC71 on January 17, 2014, 10:03:25 PM
^^^^  :notworthy:  :signLOL:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: scopes on January 17, 2014, 10:07:38 PM
 :signLOL:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: Acidutzul on January 26, 2014, 11:01:22 PM
Donation made. Regards!

Confirmation number: 8K8646653L996263L
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JUNE 2013 ***
Post by: rich83 on February 07, 2014, 05:05:54 PM
We are back... live!!!

Donations are being accepted again!  :innocent:


(http://mk5golfgti.co.uk/donate.gif) (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BTYNVWSTX9US4)

 :notworthy:

(http://daz.co/rich/img/MK5/admin.jpg)
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JANUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Marc-5-GTI on February 07, 2014, 05:08:43 PM
Donation made  :happy2:

4C171498497971402
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - JANUARY 2014 ***
Post by: brookesb32 on February 07, 2014, 05:27:16 PM
Well done to all that made the continuation possible  :congrats:

Donation made

5M021764X2248612X
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Thor on February 07, 2014, 07:48:06 PM
Donation made   :happy2:

Confirmation number: 3XK953750L8883926

Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: rich83 on February 07, 2014, 07:51:24 PM
Thanks chaps... much appreciated  :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: fab5freddy on February 07, 2014, 07:55:13 PM
Done  :happy2:

Confirmation number: 1XR31969B83621152.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Eddie-NL on February 07, 2014, 08:00:03 PM
donation made

76S0840667809502R
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on February 07, 2014, 08:00:31 PM
Thank you everyone for your donations. This all helps by directly going to hosting the site, very kind of you all to throw some pennies in the pot.  :drinking:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: SI-R32 on February 07, 2014, 08:08:48 PM
done

3AF78079V7992380S
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: rich83 on February 07, 2014, 08:10:43 PM
done

3AF78079V7992380S

Thanks  :smiley:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: skard on February 07, 2014, 08:41:42 PM
Sent: 2MP262015U907730M

Thanks for everything guys - past and present.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: J12spk on February 07, 2014, 09:29:59 PM
Not much but pennies sent!

Donation Sent (Unique Transaction ID72U74775NH708245V)

 :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Aaroncupra on February 07, 2014, 10:58:47 PM

Small donation sent  :happy2:


 6BM75859RN025921V
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Hurdy on February 08, 2014, 07:26:36 AM
Donation made....

Confirmation number: 4SG23690DA7647704
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Gazza747 on February 08, 2014, 09:28:10 AM
8J148944XH743115D

 :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: rich83 on February 08, 2014, 09:36:13 AM
Thanks everyone, we really do appreciate your continued support.  :notworthy:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: galaxie500 on February 08, 2014, 09:50:37 AM
Confirmation 8LF20412TD5028544

Well done Rich!

P
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Tpunts on February 08, 2014, 12:59:51 PM
Donation made, great forum!!!!  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on February 08, 2014, 05:05:30 PM
Donation made, great forum!!!!  :happy2:

Aww, thanks  :grin:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Degudodger on February 08, 2014, 05:15:56 PM
Done - 5Y247653G2075733W
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: rex on February 08, 2014, 08:12:14 PM
Confirmation: 55T81268M9365925P
Keep up the good work guys!  :congrats:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Mandy on February 16, 2014, 10:41:18 PM
Dropped a few pennies in. :happy2:

5YR66269JR589281Y
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on February 16, 2014, 11:21:55 PM
Aw thank you Mandy.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Wrongun on February 19, 2014, 08:41:21 PM
Done

24826832A1129251Y  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on February 27, 2014, 02:28:53 PM
Thank you very Much !  :happy2:

It all helps towards running the forum, and sits in the forum pot exclusively for paying the bills   :drinking:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: dodds-gttdi on February 27, 2014, 03:38:30 PM
Will donate a % of the 3 things I'm selling at the minute in the classifieds. Will post up in the for sale threads too. :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: karl210 on March 11, 2014, 08:21:29 PM
£20 donation made as requested by DaveB in exchange for a caliper. Top man!
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: PND on March 11, 2014, 09:39:05 PM
9NS54442P56021716

Well done Rich & pals for taking up the challenge!  :drinking:

Still the best forum by miles!
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: eddy_30 on March 17, 2014, 10:14:02 PM
thank you for running the forum..  :congrats:

donation made.. 4DH334147X716060A



Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: SurreyED30 on March 22, 2014, 11:58:43 AM
Playing golf this morning will donate this evening  :happy2:
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: Rampage on May 04, 2014, 09:32:29 AM
Donation made - 4UC415183L8146407

Always the first site I visit. Learnt so much, although my bank manager won't thank you for it over the years!  :laugh:

Keep up the tremendous work. Best forum by a turbocharged mile!!!
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: xjay1337 on May 25, 2014, 12:00:32 AM
thank you guys  :happy2:
glad you all get the most out of the board.
Title: Re: *** NEW FORUM PLEA - FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Post by: SurreyED30 on June 24, 2014, 07:06:34 PM
As promised, I'll donate a percentage of all my sales on the forum  :happy2:

forgot to copy the confirmation number, however it is in the forum account now  :innocent: