So the question is what to do moving forward. We really have two remaining problems 1) It's too easy for bots to pass the Captcha & security measures to register for a new account. 2) We don't have money in the budget to hire a server guy.
One suggestion that was made was to charge a nominal amount of money for membership, say $5 per month. This would discourage hackers (and spammers!) from registering and (depending on the number of members willing to pay) provide enough money to hire a professional server manager.
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john,,, you might want to take a look at www.kenrockwell.com this is a photography site that is set up with a donation button on each page explaining that these donations help to keep the site running. If you charged a monthly fee some people would be put off,,, If I had a choice of paying a monthly fee or a donation from time to time i would choose a donation,,,...
the monthly fee would turn me off but a donation would not,
when someone post a question for advice and receives that advice how much is that worth in a donation,,, I think you will find that more people would be willing to make an donation from time to time to help out that a monthly fee
john a simple button going into a paypal account would help out with the monthly cost of hosting
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