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April 17th, 2017, 11:01 pm

The First of all, I wanted to say a huge, gigantic FUCKING THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, to everyone who did so today while the board was ‘away’, and to all of you who helped us cover the full cost of the server for the next year.

I wanted to say a few words, because some users reached out to me privately to mention that it was a lot of money that was needed (the $1400) and that there are other alternatives out there that are free and don’t require any contributions and some other things that I want to address here. Brevity is my intent, but by no means the final product, so apologies if I meander here and there a bit. 

Back when we were still hosted by aLD, our server costs were about $330+ a month, plus additional costs as needed whenever the server was overrun. That number is from Richard when I asked him what specs I should look out for when setting up the new site. That averages about $4000+ a year. If you’ve been here since the beginning, you know that we started out very modestly, on our lovely little HostGator. That server cost me about $300 every year, but it obviously was not enough. We had downtime after downtime and the forum had more time NOT working than actually working. This was never more evident than during high traffic Voice episodes. I then set up our initial fundraiser to take us a little higher in the server, and that was another disaster. 

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I went shopping after that, and came across our current host, who has served us well in terms of speed, up time, and customer service on my end. On the down side, it was a bit more expensive. I set up our first GoFundMe then, which was successful, and in which 36 of you participated to raise $1125. As you can tell from this go around, the difference between that amount and the full amount we are paying (about $300+) came out from my own pocket. I did it because I wanted to, because I’ve invested my time and patience and money into this, but at no point because I expected something in return. Call me nuts, but I like our little shitty community that can. 

This time around, I solicited for the full amount, because I can’t shoulder the server costs every year, and because I figure that we’re either all in or we’re not, but it’s entirely your choice, the user, to decide if we stick around or go away. 

I know there are other alternatives out there. I know there are Facebook groups, and Instagram accounts and even other forums. Those might all be free. They might get funds from ads, which we do not have. They are “the alternative”, and that’s obviously your choice too: to participate here or to do so there. 

This is, however, our reality. Once a year, we’ll do one of these, and if I can find a better server for cheaper then we will switch to that. Until then, however, we’ll do one of these every year, and if you guys are willing and able, xRED will stick around for a long time. 

Even back in the aLD days, I was always told that I took this place “too seriously”. And maybe that’s so, specially now that I’m owner and dictator (/Dirrty), but for better or worse, come rain or drought, this is our place on the web, full of weirdos and funny people and stans and trolls and those who care and those who do not, and those who want to help and those who couldn’t care less. It’s OURS. 

& that’s what you have funded.

Thank you again for your help. 
See, I've been having me a real good time
And it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright
So please don't take my feelings...


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April 17th, 2017, 11:05 pm

Thanks to you, Jorge! :music:

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April 17th, 2017, 11:06 pm

The support was awesome and I am happy the goal was reached and we have Xred for another year!!!

And Jorge, thank you for your dedication to keep this community going :)

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April 17th, 2017, 11:08 pm

DEAD @ Jorge more invested in us than Christina herself. :noway:

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April 17th, 2017, 11:15 pm

Also, for the sake of full transparency (and for the 'are you keeping any' crowd), the breakdown for the funds.

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See, I've been having me a real good time
And it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright
So please don't take my feelings...


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April 17th, 2017, 11:17 pm

Thank YOU, Jorge! I donated without thinking twice. :kiss:
Cheers to the best forum. :love:
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April 17th, 2017, 11:22 pm

I didn't get the chance to donate ;(

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April 17th, 2017, 11:23 pm

I didn't donate a lot but hope every little bit helps.

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April 17th, 2017, 11:23 pm

Melinda Warren wrote: I didn't donate a lot but hope every little bit helps.
Everything does :) Thank you again. 
See, I've been having me a real good time
And it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright
So please don't take my feelings...


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April 17th, 2017, 11:23 pm

Fusée Jaune wrote: I didn't get the chance to donate ;(
There's always next year ;) 
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And it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright
So please don't take my feelings...


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April 17th, 2017, 11:47 pm

Thanks Jorge

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April 18th, 2017, 12:02 am

So happy to help. It would be a sad day for me if this place was gone. That being said, thank you @Jorge for all the time and $ you give to keep this place alive. It's much appreciated sis  :love:

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April 18th, 2017, 12:32 am

Yaaay! Congrats!
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April 18th, 2017, 4:31 am

YAASSS
way to go!

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April 18th, 2017, 7:14 am

I'm glad we did it! There is no X.Red without you Jorge, thank you for all YOU do behind the scenes and for having the patience to not straight up murder the whiny ungrateful basics.

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April 18th, 2017, 7:19 am

Not that damn gator, Jorge! :roll:

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April 18th, 2017, 7:52 am

Why can't i donate now?

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April 18th, 2017, 7:55 am

That trolling gator looks fierce with a wig on.

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April 18th, 2017, 8:00 am

Can we still donate or is it too late? Or pointless?

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April 18th, 2017, 8:37 am

Jorge you should've dropped your debut single in this post :icant:
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April 18th, 2017, 9:01 am

Thank you Jorge for everything you do!
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April 18th, 2017, 9:37 am

Thanks Jorge. Man that gator gives me nightmares.

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April 18th, 2017, 9:51 am

Figured I would donate since my coins hadn't gone to any of her albums in the past 5 years. ;) glad I could help!

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April 18th, 2017, 10:24 am

XtinaDiver wrote: Can we still donate or is it too late? Or pointless?
You may still donate if you want to :) The $1400 needed to fund the server comes out to $1271 when GoFundMe takes their cut of the donations, so I'm putting the difference on my own. Whatever you donate, will lessen what I put up, so if you want to donate, by all means. 

See, I've been having me a real good time
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So please don't take my feelings...


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April 18th, 2017, 10:26 am

Thanks Jorge and ALL who funded it! I wish I could have, but money is a bit tight right now. Next time hopefully! :love:

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April 18th, 2017, 10:27 am

Melissa wrote: Thanks Jorge and ALL who funded it! I wish I could have, but money is a bit tight right now. Next time hopefully! :love:
It's fine, darling :) I know. Thanks either way <3 
See, I've been having me a real good time
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So please don't take my feelings...


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April 18th, 2017, 10:48 am

[center]I wasn't aware we could still donate. I had planned to do it today but thought it was over. Let me chip in a bit.[/center]

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April 18th, 2017, 12:54 pm

First of all, I would like to thank Jorge and all the great mods who have devoted their time and effort to keep this forum alive and well.

Second, I would like to thank the stans, the fans, the casual fans, the fake fans, and even the trolls for keeping this forum an entertaining space.

And last, but not least, I would like to say that Christina >>>> yonka, who absolutely sucks and is the epitome of fake.

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April 18th, 2017, 2:33 pm

I think it's super nice that people are still donating!

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April 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm

Feel bad for not being able to donate (Living in a 3rd world country is a struggle everyday) though I feel proud of Jorge and everyone who did.

This is my space to come to and learn, enjoy and feel free.

I hope to help in any other way I can in the near future.

Here is hoping the X6 era come in a big way so we all can be unstressed and happy Lol

Thanks again!

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