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Taluntain
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

As mentioned in the other thread, I've invested a few hours of my time in cleaning up the forum of spam, which nobody else has been doing for about a year now apparently.

I've shut off new registrations because there's nobody around to weed out the spammers. I've also disabled PMs so that spammers can't abuse that either. Any remaining spammers that pop out of the woodwork will be neutralized fast.

Whether there's any point in keeping DAC around in this state remains to be seen, but obviously without any staff around on a daily basis it won't work.
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S4ur0n27
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Joined: 01 Jun 2002
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yo, what is DAC may never die.

For how long are the cost covered?
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Taluntain
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The .cx domain name is renewed until 2021, but that's just the cost of the domain. The site isn't bringing in any income either via the ads or donations. The forum software is completely outdated and not equipped to deal with the droves of spammers assaulting it on a daily basis and would need to be replaced, but without any staff (or funds) that's not going to happen. Running a forum today requires constant maintenance to stay ahead of the spammers.
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SenisterDenister
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Joined: 23 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well damn.
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ExtremeDrinker
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Joined: 05 Jun 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

You do good work. The Lord's work, even.
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fallout ranger
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Joined: 08 Sep 2004
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Location: Shady sands (no really!!)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I can't believe ExtremeDrinker is even fucking alive


How much would this shit cost? I would def spend some shekels on this shared shithole.
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Taluntain
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The cost of converting this old phpBB to XenForo along with a few years' worth of licence renewals would probably be around $700 (this would include hiring a designer to redo the primary DAC style). However, that's literally just the cost of software and designer work. Alongside that someone would need to spend quite a few days arranging all this, then configuring the new XenForo and tweaking it, fixing various issues that would come up on so on. Realistically, $1000+ if I were to do it.

Switching to XF would break the integration of the forums with the website/front page, but fixing that would be a project several times more involved and complicated than just converting the forums, so that would be unlikely to happen without any staff actually interested in doing it.
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SenisterDenister
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That seems like an awful lot of effort and money for a place that only has about five posters. Don't mean to sound defeatist or anything, I'm just saying, is all.
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ExtremeDrinker
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I think it's time to let DAC go gentle into that good night.
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Taluntain
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:18 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yea, it is a lot of money because it also involves a lot of work, so I'm not really expecting it to happen. But hey, if someone wants to spend actual cash on keeping this site up in the future, the donation button is on top of the page. Realistically, without it I'll probably turn the lights off when the domain expires, if not sooner.
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S4ur0n27
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Breaks my heart.



How much is it to just keep it as it is with the spam and all? And what's the current workload to keep it as it is?

I know shit about handling a forum but I could manage, for the sake of the old days dumb

:flower:

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Taluntain
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

There shouldn't be any more spam because I've cleaned it all up and disabled new registrations. However, that only makes the forums usable for existing members who can actually log in still. The forums are effectively locked down.

I could keep it up as it is for as long as the forums still function with the version of PHP available on the server. How long that will be, no one knows. Could be a couple of years still. Just leaving it in this state requires minimal maintenance from me now so as long as at least a few donations come in every year it'll stick around.
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Hyacinth
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

How much for basic life support?

Modernization sounds like a soul transplant.


New members? 😂

#neverforget
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S4ur0n27
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hyacinth wrote:


New members? 😂


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Megatron
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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I will miss you guys. ill see you on a reddit thread asking if anyone used to post on nma and ill be there saying

dac, dac!

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cheers, Taluntain
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Megatron
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

*begins to weep uncontrobbly*
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SenisterDenister
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Joined: 23 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've effectively moved over to RPG Codex. I feel bad admitting that.
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Hyacinth
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

https://webm.red/PVAi.webm
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ExtremeDrinker
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I pretty much don't post on forums anymore. I don't even post on facebook..deleted my account twice. This is the only place I ever go...home. Hahahahaha
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Thor Kaufman
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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