I have spent way too much time on this post. It really needed to be posted days agp, but well, I hate asking for help like this because it bothers me a lot that it’s even necessary because of stupid legal technicality…
Quick Update on @Penguin
The regulars in the chat already know about this and have since it happened several days ago. During physical therapy the other day @Penguin had a seizure. It was caused by a dangerously low potassium level. This is something they should have been watching for because she does have a history of seizures triggered by low potassium levels.
She is currently in the ICU as a result of the seizure. She’s considered stable, but due to a current inability to keep her potassium level at a normal level they are unable to move her to a regular room as the danger of her having another seizure is too great.
This is one giant clusterfuck to put it mildly.
I got an extension until 2021-10-12T04:30:00Z to pay the remainder of the bill by making a partial payment but unfortunately there has been a late fee applied. The reason for this a combination of 3 things.
Several patrons’ pledges did not process this month which left me responsible for paying the server bill, or I thought (I’ll get to this in a moment…)
3 of the big PayPal donors had their donations fail to process this month so far. One I have been in contact with and know why theirs failed. The other 2 I have been unable to contact. This left the forums with one hell of a financial shortfall thanks to 1.
Apple fucked me over and charged me for renewing my developer certificate even though I had cancelled the renewal because I no longer develop software that is used by others. When informed of their error, their solution was to give me fucking iTunes store credit!
So that leaves me with needing to come up with $40 by 11:30pm CDT tonight to pay the email hosting bill or they will terminate services on the 12th.
On top of this, I actually have digital ocean $50 because the partial payment I made to mail host? Yeah, turns out I didn’t have the funds I thought I did. They were actually the rest of the server payment for this month.
To make this situation worse, both Digital Ocean (server) and the email hosting company want prepayment of November’s estimated bills or they will terminate services. Email host wants prepayment by the 16th, digital ocean by the 21st.
Yes, the situation is that screwed up right now. Part of why the email host is so bitchy though is all the fucking idiots who installed iOS 15 and decided to sign up for the forums with Apple’s stupid protected email feature and then deleted the email aliases causing thousands of bounced messages which got us flagged as potential spammers. That’s why they’re insisting on prepayment of our estimated November bill.
So essentially here’s where things stand right now:
- $40 bare minimum is needed by 11:30pm CDT tonight.
- $50 by the 16th to meet the estimated email usage (it won’t actually be that high, but that’s what they want paid, and it will just be an account credit so it’s not like it’ll be wasted) or they’ll terminate out account, effectively disabling the forums because Discourse requires functioning email services.
- $140 by the 21st or DO will terminate services. That means no more chat or forums.
I am currently working on some projects that will help reduce the costs (it’s stuff that @Penguin started several months ago actually)
If you can help, please donate. You can find out how to do that here
The best option to use is PayPal or the Cash App options as those are both immediately available for use.
Yeah, I know I’m very behind on posting updates there. The thing with @Penguin’s health the last few months and the stress of dealing with that and my own stuff and @ClawdiaWolf’s niece who has been living with us for awhile now has taken its toll. I literally don’t have enough hours in my day to do everything I need to do.
In fact, I’m going to be honest with you. Recently I’ve noticed myself starting to relapse to how I was last year. This is not a good thing. I know some of you might think that regressing for hours at a time is nice, but it’s not. It is not even remotely a good thing. The reality is that if I have another breakdown like the one I had in 2020, the forums are fucked because no one will be left who has the necessary access to the accounts to keep things going.
I need out from under the stress before the situation gets worse.
If you can help, please do. For @Penguin’s sake, for my sake, and for the forums.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them and i will do my best to answer them.
Oh, and to the asshole the other day who saw the post about my water bill and said they’d only help if I sent them a picture of my cat who is a service animal? Fuck you. Just fuck you. That little stunt wasn’t funny.