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Sailing John



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 20179:26am    Post subject: Potential Forum Closure - end of June 2017  Reply with quote

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Sailing John wrote:
Please note the Closure/Crowdfunding notice at the top is nothing to do with me - we are just one of tens of thousands of users of their bulletin board services
I have no idea if My Fast Forums makes millions or nothing although I suspect they do OK (make a living from it)
I used to pay around £40/annum for ad removal but since getting adblocker and discussing with others I stopped paying a couple of years back
So for us it is free but MFF get ad income by placing ads and potential click throughs
SJ

EDIT - Having read a little more it does appear that the host service may be closing down at the end of June
http://forum.myfreeforum.org/myfreeforum_closure_about23380.html

Not sure I fully understand why they are crowdfunding - transfer of data or to keep service open?
Edit - Having read their thread it appears both
In summary original intention was to close and the donation was to pay for a data file to transfer to new host
The new plan crowdfunding £10k to cloud host with a £3/month subscription going forwards
Personally I wouldn't object to paying the £3/month (not per person - it is per forum) as I was paying that for ad removal until recently
Given the size of other forums - some with 10k users it appears then it might just happen
SJ


Theodore wrote:
Looks like the crowdfunding initiative is to keep it going with a transfer to the cloud and https (secure sites).  I'm happy to make a contribution but not sure what happens to any contributions if they fail to make the £10,000 needed?


Sailing John wrote:
Theodore - they have over 30,000 forums although a large percentage won't be active - but even if only 2k active then only £5/forum needed to reach £10k
I'm happy to make a payment on behalf of this forum but will wait a few days to see progress first
SJ
PS Will start a new thread to capture thoughts

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 20178:19pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a potential solution - we could export this forum and then import it into our own hosting environment. It'd probably cost about £30/year to host, and there wouldn't be any adverts. We also shouldn't lose any of the current posts.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 20174:34pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - A lot of support to keep board going (comments on the DTT)

The simplest solution is to hope enough money raised to stay where we are

Failing that we should get a file of our database that we can use to recreate this site elsewhere - I might need some help with that!

So I have pledged £30 to the appeal on behalf of this forum which will entitle us to a copy of our database if the site has to close and is slightly less than I was previously paying on an annual basis for ad removal.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/myff-org/backers/?

Regards

John
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 20175:01pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for doing that SJ.  It will be interesting to see what happens.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 20175:10pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SJ, I can help you with the technical stuff if it comes to that.
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cfro



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 20176:14pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SJ.  

I would be happy to make a financial contribution if need be. Sorry though can't help with the technical side of things.

Hopefully we will be able to stay here but if not it would be good to move all the info and inputs from this site to another...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 20177:05am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the board will continue although i sense at some point there might be a charge? - this from the administrator.

myff admin wrote:
I appreciate all your thoughts (and in some cases donations) about the future of MyFreeForums. As mentioned in previous posts, we found a partner that will ensure the continuance MyFreeForums.


MyFreeForums has agreed to partner with Tapatalk. Many of you may know Tapatalk from their very popular mobile app. Mobile traffic now account for over 50% of the traffic viewing sites on MyFreeForums. Given Tapatalk's expertise in mobile, it was a natural step in the evolution of MyFreeForums.


With the partnership, MyFreeForums is here to stay!

Over the next few months, we will soon begin to see some enhancements.  These include:

   Ability to view MyFreeForums on the Tapatalk  (Free for everyone)

   For Admins and Mods, you will be able to moderate the forums on the Tapatalk app (requires Admin or Mod credentials when logging into the Tapatalk App)

   Improved Spam control

   Moving to a cloud based infrastructure for improved responsiveness


While there will be several improvements, most things will remain the same, including:

   Your existing settings and controls

   For those on Premium, your private domain and ad removal


Stay tuned for future announcements,  and let us know if you have any questions.



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