As many of you are, unfortunately, aware, we recently had email deliverability issues caused by the server being placed on a realtime block list or RBL for short. This affected all Yahoo! hosted email services (including many ISPs), outlook.com (and Microsoft’s many other email domains) as well as anyone whose email provider uses the cloudmark CSI RBL.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this blocking a change in how we handle emails had to be implemented and this affects the hosting costs of the forums now.
Now, the good news is that the email volume for the forums most months is fairly low and will only add around $15 - $20 a month to the hosting. Unfortunately… it adds $15 - $20 to the monthly hosting I can’t afford to eat.
Which brings us to…
So yeah, in the last two months all but a small set of regulars stopped their donations. Which was mostly okay, until the email thing. Right now the forums are seriously in danger of going offline if we don’t get more regular donations. Due to some recent sign-ups for recurring donations the forums could stay up if it wasn’t or the email hosting. We really need more donations long term to keep the forums online and functioning properly since they kinda require email to work properly. If you can help, please do. Seriously, we need the donations.
Now there is some other news that affects this, but how soon this will help is very dependent on you.
Personal Plea For Help
I’ll make a more detailed post about this later, although those who have been regulars in the chat since January will know some of the backstory here.
Super short version though: Earlier this year I was given legal guardianship of a friend of mine and Clawdia’s who had a severe mental health breakdown to the extent she is not capable of making decisions for herself. THe good news is that long term this actually helps the site, but there’s a huge catch.
See I actually have control of her finances, but only in small way. The reason for this is that the court won’t release full control of her finances to me until I’ve been established in the town we’ll be living in (in her home) for 3 months due to the amount of money involved. I basically have to prove that I’m in this for her sake and not for the money. Which let’s be honest, yeah, not being as worried about money is nice, but I really am doing it more for her sake. The poor girl has been through a lot in the past 2 years.
In order to move out of my current house and move everything to her home I have to come up with the funding myself. I cannot touch any of her money to do so. So here’s what I need help with.
In order to take care of final expenses on my current home and to move to Bentonville (where the house is) I need at least $650 to rent a truck to move my stuff in and cover all the other expenses. The sooner I can come up with it, the sooner I can move.
Short term there are some financial issues for the site, but long term, this actually helps. It’s just I have to, you know, actually get moved up there for those critical 3 months first.
Ideally, if I can come up with this by the 15th of November it would be great because besides the obvious “sooner the better” aspect for me (let’s face it, you’d all like a less stressed @Penguin in general), her discharge from the facility she’s been in is directly dependent on what date I get moved, so for her, the sooner the better has a whole other meaning.
If you can help in any way at all, please do.
For info on how you can donate, see this topic