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#1 ScottS

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:53 AM

We've had a bumpy couple of months on the IT front.  If you recall from the summer, we had some serious page loading issues that were making the site difficult to access.  We figured if we're going to get that fixed, let's upgrade the very obsolete board software at the same time.  That ended up being much more complicated than expected, and we ended up having to switch hosts.  And then we had two bouts of security warnings, requiring temporary migration to brews-bros.xyz, and then migrating back.  We don't have anyone in house that knows how to do this stuff, so I hired someone to do it for us.  Simon put in a ton of hours, and now things are finally running smoothly.

 

The bill has come in - $1,300 total, which is a lot, but there was a ton of work involved here.  Simon earned every penny.

 

Many of you have already donated, to the tune of $620.  I really appreciate it, thank you!  If you haven't donated or want to donate more, please use the donation button at the top.

 

We still haven't done the actual site upgrade.  We are going to let things sit or a bit and make sure it is stable, and then we want to get the upgrade done.  Any donations over the current need will be saved for that project.  I don't know any details, but I suspect mobile access will be improved by the upgrade.  We'll see.



#2 TxBrewer

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:08 AM

When sending money via paypal what is the best way to minimize the fees cutting into the donation?


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#3 ScottS

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:15 AM

I don't know.  I'm open to ideas.  I was planning to just eat the fees, honestly.



#4 Lou

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:03 AM

Still not entirely sure who Simon is, but I guess that means he does his job well.  I'm in for a bit extra.  :D


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#5 glassonion

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:55 AM

The bill has come in - $1,300 total, which is a lot

 

 

Well, don't tell Simon, but he works cheap.


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#6 ScottS

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 10:36 AM

Well, don't tell Simon, but he works cheap.

It's a lot given that this site generates $0 in revenue.  But it's not a lot given the time he spent on it and the skills he's bringing to the table.  That's less than it really should have been too, he saved us money in a couple different ways.



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:03 PM

In.
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#8 SimonW

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:46 PM

When sending money via paypal what is the best way to minimize the fees cutting into the donation?


As long as the site isn’t registered as a business and the PayPal account Scott is using is setup as a personal one then you can send it as friends/family. These are exempt from most of the fees.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

Well, don't tell Simon, but he works cheap.


I know I do lol. I can and do charge more commercial sites a higher rate but I prefer working on sites like this who couldn’t afford my commercial rate. Owners of such sites don't require a 2 hour meeting just to change a text colour from one shade of blue to a slightly darker shade, they don’t spam your phone at 4am with non-critical changes and you don’t have to deal with managers who act like they know what they are talking about when they can barely turn a computer on. You also get a sense they appreciate the work more than larger more commercial sites operators do.

I'm like an actor who takes a role in a Blockbuster just to allow them to be able to afford to take the role in a small indie passion project

#10 SchwanzBrewer

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:11 PM

In. Pm an address I can send money to.
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#11 TxBrewer

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:49 PM

As long as the site isn’t registered as a business and the PayPal account Scott is using is setup as a personal one then you can send it as friends/family. These are exempt from most of the fees.


Great thanks, I am in for a few bucks
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#12 Gal Fawkes

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:43 PM

If you adopt Simon, will a discount be applied?
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#13 deejaydan

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:52 PM

Is this like NPR?  For $20, can we come and walk on your lawn?  How much for a tote bag?

 

When is Terri Gross showing up?


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#14 ScottS

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 06:03 PM

If you adopt Simon, will a discount be applied?

Simon is too cool for us.  He remains above the fray.

 

Is this like NPR?  For $20, can we come and walk on your lawn?  How much for a tote bag?

 

When is Terri Gross showing up?

Yes, $20 gets you a walk on the lawn.  For $50, you can grab a random tote bag from the garage, mostly labeled Meijers and GFS.

 

You are welcome to wear a Terri Gross costume when doing any of the above.



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 06:32 PM

I'll give you guys what I am not giving CBS for Star Trek.

 

Wait, that's zero, duh, I'll pitch in a few shekels.   


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#16 Gal Fawkes

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:10 PM

I know I do lol. I can and do charge more commercial sites a higher rate but I prefer working on sites like this who couldn’t afford my commercial rate. Owners of such sites don't require a 2 hour meeting just to change a text colour from one shade of blue to a slightly darker shade, they don’t spam your phone at 4am with non-critical changes and you don’t have to deal with managers who act like they know what they are talking about when they can barely turn a computer on. You also get a sense they appreciate the work more than larger more commercial sites operators do.

I'm like an actor who takes a role in a Blockbuster just to allow them to be able to afford to take the role in a small indie passion project


SimonW, I like the way you spell “color”. If you’re British, over 37 and single, please consider PMing me.

Irish, Welsh, Scottish or Australian are also acceptable.
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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:53 AM

PM me an address to send money to.

 

Thank you,

Mike


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#18 ScottS

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 06:02 AM

We're at $950 as of this morning.  Thanks, everyone.



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 06:11 AM

PM the address to which funds can be sent.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:03 AM

I'm Looking for the donation button. I'm on a mobile. I'm not used to using a mobile, but I'm still having security issues with the page on my regular computer
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