RMRK, Its finances, you and me

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The last time a news post was made with a title like this was RMRK, its finances and you, just over a year ago, so it's a good time for an update.

RMRK's running costs have infact decreased since then. This is down to a few things:

- Resource usage; switching to a more advanced searching method more than halved the daily average load (almost as much activity from members' actions are from guests/members searching). Also of help were some database tweaks (switching the heavier tables to InnoDB, for the nerdier crowd) and the setup of eAccelerator.

- Our server provider beefed up their offerings for each particular price point, you may remember a news post about how we lowered usage and at the same time ended up with more available on a lower option. I might write a praise post about them sometime in the future.

RMRK has always been totally free for anyone. As free as possible. Members get everything other sites would prefer to restrict to paying members only, like PM space, attachment priviledges, forum access. Things that are restricted are done on your merit, and have nothing to do with whether you pay anything.

Also, we prefer to have as little advertising as possible. You may have noticed that for a while now, RMRK has been totally ad free. You can vote on that here if you like. Of course, this has the obvious downside of next to no income, but no ads are nice.

It seems the community recognises and/or appreciates that; as our honors list shows, you always come through to keep RMRK up. RMRK is truly a site owned by its users :)


I hesitated for a long time on writing this next part, but eventually decided I would. People from other sites, communities and games will be directed to this news post. It will save me having to repeat many times to different people. In short: my PC is dying. But that doesn't sound very dramatic, and of course is lacking many details.

This computer has had many transplants and patches here and there, but if I had to apply a solid date to it, I'd say 2002. And most of those parts have been in near constant operation since then. However, stuff wears out, and this has become very close to dying completely. Again, still doesn't sound so dramatic, so I'll elaborate. Here's a list of what's wrong:

RAM is bad (both sticks of my ram fail memory burn-in tests and memtest86+ diagnostics. Some times applications just crash from memory errors)

Motherboard is bad (Visually, numerous capacitors are bulging, also the thing is just old, running for years and years)

Hard drive is bad (it's got to the point that every few hours or so it chokes, stops, stalls, whatever. This takes down the whole PC and a power cycle is needed)

Since the most critical/central parts (namely the board) are on their way to the grave, a whole replacement is the only way.

What does this have to do with RMRK? (Or gff, m2 and so on for other readers). Along with how I talk to, work with, play with and interact with you all, this computer is pretty much the birthplace of the modern RMRK. What you are looking at now was designed, developed and tested here.

Currently on hold due to these problems are a move to SMF 2.0, rewrites of the current mods and a port of RMRK4 to SMF 2. Also are new unreleased additions; a revamped tutorial system on the main site, a breath of life to the resource system, and upgrades to the main site itself.

RMRK is safe (at least as for uptime) for now till the end of March. However, this (and I) won't be around till then unless something amazing happens. If you want to see what I put together, look no further than this Roph's cheap PC build thread. I've built many PCs for friends or RMRK members, I finally worked on putting together a cheap one. A complete replacement ends up at £258, though with VAT (15% tax) and Shipping, £297.

If you want to help with this cause, just click below:



I'll update this post as anything happens, and answer any questions. I hate looking like this and asking for help, and I guess I've postponed this as long as I can, but it's crunch time  ;9
« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 08:40:09 PM by Roph »

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« Last Edit: February 07, 2009, 09:03:49 PM by Noumes »
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;9 I'll wire you around $60 in a few weeks

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I can send you a 2GB stick of OCZ DDR2 800 RAM, if that would help. I'll even pay the shipping. Barring that, I'm getting a pretty hefty tax return check in about a week, so if you'd rather have the cash I can make a donation.

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I'll try and update every day I guess.

Current: £19

Website job? you're good at it  ;)

Who wants me? I'm not full of myself enough to approach people.

I can send you a 2GB stick of OCZ DDR2 800 RAM, if that would help. I'll even pay the shipping. Barring that, I'm getting a pretty hefty tax return check in about a week, so if you'd rather have the cash I can make a donation.

The ram is only £17, seems a bit much. If you did I could stick it in with the other and have 4, but seems a bit overkill x_x Money is the best  ;9

;9 I'll wire you around $60 in a few weeks

;o; brah

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ok, that's no problem. Once my check gets here, I'll send you a chunk~

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Is there any way I could mail you physical US dollars? .-.

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Take a photo of yourself holding them wigga style .-.

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I only have 25 dollars right now. I'll get more soon, then take the photo. .-.

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You could cash it all in as ones, and then blur the picture slightly to make yourself feel better =O

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I remember when I was a lot younger, like in middle school or something, my older cousin who at the time was like... 18~ had said that if you have a $20 bill and put it on top of a whole bunch of $1 bills, would make you look cool and the women would want you. I've never actually tried that, since I don't usually have money anyways, and I don't actually have women problems. But Irock, I think he was onto something there.

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Make sure to put a $20 bill at the bottom. :V

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I find it ironic that Roph only has £19 from donations, when he earlier said that someone had donated £18. Did someone donate only £1 or something, or did Roph lie?




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I would actually donate a bit of money since I make it rather fast but

I need it for Rasse's plane ticket @w@;;

I'll make Rasse give you a kiss on his way through though  :police:

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I'm sure that you can get out of this mess roph =)!  ;8
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Take a photo of yourself holding them wigga style .-.

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Just wondered if you were still at £19.  Update? ;*

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Nothing to update ;9

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Update: £145.03 GBP

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Someone was really generous. :o




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Ok, now I'm only 43 GBP short, aka 62 USD ;o;

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Wish I could help but I need to save more than ever now. ;_;




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Wish I could help but I need to save more than ever now. ;_;

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Done, photos tomorrow ;3

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