John- that's a legitimate concern-
I think you're better off having a dedicated store area- where you can buy Rain Gear, Books, knives and other maritime gear- and using the profits to hire the server manager- or perhaps you could host advertising in exchange for their services (barter)
Or.... you could offer employment agency services on a percent of first contract basis- ala Capt. Sweeney.
The monthly dues would likely dissuade spammers- as well as new members.
I have numerous other revenue generation ideas- PM me if interested.
Thanks again from all of us who appreciate the time, effort, and money you (and others) invest in providing this forum
I think the membership dues would definately dissuade new members. Some of the best threads on here have been started by people who come on here to vent for a couple minutes and I think dues would discourage that.
[QUOTE=Ordinaryseaman;23445]I think you're better off having a dedicated store area- where you can buy Rain Gear, Books, knives and other maritime gear- and using the profits to hire the server manager- or perhaps you could host advertising in exchange for their services (barter)[/QOUTE]
We have had a store for years but took the banners down recently because we would only get 1 or 2 sales per month. You can still find the link on our homepage (or click HERE)
Wow- I had no idea about the store
Anchorman, I think you were going through withdrawals.
http://www.atlantiqmedia.com/ . He is not only a personal friend but an extremely competent, fair, dedicated, and honest individual. He is very flexible as to the services he provides and I would be surprised if ya'll couldn't work something out. You can also find him on LinkedIn. Tell him Azimuth sent you. The call is free!
I too was on this forum Christmas morning and received a "trojan horse alert" from my anti-virus..ran a scan and all seems to be fine..have just recently logged back on with reservation??
retired!!everyday is Saturday!!
There are some very aggressive, nasty pieces of malware out there lately. I post regulary on a proboards forum for auto racing. I am also very careful about what I do when one of those notices comes up (open task manager and shut Explorer down) but I still managed to get my lap top nailed twice in two weeks in the beginning of December. Each time was bad enough to where I had to have the hard drive wiped clean and get everything reinstalled. I missed the fun on Chrismas day, but I also find that my home computer where I run Vista Business 64 is less prone than my lap top to these things (and it runs XP).
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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It was definetly on the Forum section, I experienced it about 0300 EST. My virus program, AVIRA, immediatly shut off the forum.
German virus checker AVIRA is a free download or you can spend $20 and protect 3 computers for a year with their premium service, In my cheap skate experience, it beats, McAfee, Microsoft Live One.
[quote=john;23444]tengineer, please confirm that it was in-fact a page on the forum (as opposed to the blog or homepage) that you were visiting when the Java script hit.
Otherwise, I feel terrible about the trouble this caused. Please accept our apologies, we spent more time making sure we had back-ups and such than prevention, and that seems to have been a mistake.
I have gcaptain 'forum' as a bookmark and I honestly do not remember if I clicked to a sub-topic from the forum page. I don't think I did but I may be mistaken. At any rate there is no need to apologize. It was an unfortunate combination of things that allowed this, the primary one being my temporary disabling of my virus software! I know better than that but got over confident and/or lazy. Evidently the virus got into your system at about the same time I dropped my defenses. It was just an unfortunate combination of coincidences which made for an interesting Christmas. I really didn't mind all that much as I enjoy hunting down and killing things that annoy me.
I'm just glad you're back up and running.
Have a good new year, enjoy Korea.