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Old 10-19-2017, 10:27 AM
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I haven't been around the board anywhere near as long as a lot of you guys, but I will continue to be a form supporter because this board has been absolutely essential to me. It is my Facebook, it is a link to people that have very much in common with me, and its ability as a learning tool or functionality as a learning tool is very very valuable for me.
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:35 PM
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PaphMadMan has a good point, and I certainly don't have anything against running a profitable business. However, when I donate to causes and charities, I usually have the ability to review expenses, how the money is used, etc. It is the opaqueness of the situation that bothers me.

I do realize that there are expenses involved in keeping a forum going, I have contributed in the past, and I will do so again. I still would like to have a better understanding of how the money is used, that's all.
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Maybe I'd donate if the forum were compatible with mobile browser. It's so difficult to navigate, I kinda feel like you should be paying us to use it.

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Old 02-18-2018, 07:37 AM
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Let's get real, folks.

Don't get me wrong, this is my favorite forum, but it doesn't cost THAT much to operate.

Vbulletin current comes in two forms; a standalone, with a one-time purchase price of $250, and a cloud version with a $15/month fee (I don't think that's what this is). How the site is hosted is another matter.

The name servers for this domain are NS1-, & NS2-MISTKING.COM, which means that either Marty has his own servers, or he is paying someone for dedicated server administration. The company that hosts charges $150/month for that. Beyond that, there should be no out-of-pocket cost for maintaining the forum.

Then there is the fact that it is a business expense that can be deducted when doing your taxes, meaning that it offsets profits from Mist King, from forum ads, and whatever revenue the support donations here bring in.

All that said, I am grateful to Marty for making this forum available, and I have no hard feelings about him making a little money off the ads, but be aware that the "support fee" likely has nothing to do with support of the forum, but support of Marty, as by paying it, you are shutting off a piece of his ad revenue stream.
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