Hey everyone - we're about to reach that time again where computer old age is catching up with us.
We've had a good run for the several years since our previous update after a disaster and I'm actually pretty happy with the uptime we've had thus far. Aside from a few glitches here and there that were quickly resolved, we've had a solid run.
What we're seeing now is the aging of the software and the need for a few more hardware add-ons to make things run even smoother, as well as easier to upgrade.
Before I get into the specifics of what we need and what it's going to cost (Still working out the best possible way) I want to get some feedback.
Several of you have prompted me to start another one and I told you I would when the time was right, but before I even do that I want to get some feedback on what you want to get out of it.
My first big question is in terms of rewards. A lot of drives have had perks and benefits - would you like to see something like that or just do a straight run to the finish line to get as much out of the contributions as possible?
Examples would be T-Shirts or mugs or posters or something of that nature. It can be done, but in doing so it does offset the actual amount used for the updates by a certain margin. But at the same time, I'd like you guys to feel like you're definitely getting something out of it besides new stuff you can't see first hand (Only the benefits it will present)
And of course we can still do things like "Supporter" ranks and maybe even spread them out.
Patreon is definitely something I'm going to move to in the future, but that will have to wait until I have the tools to truly maximize our potential and future.
With things getting better in terms of traffic and content, and the knowledge that some of this stuff is getting outdated (We've been on this message board platform since 2006, through various upgrades, but it is no longer supported by the creators) it's time to up our game.
All thoughts are welcome - and remember, nobody is ever required to contribute anything. Just having you here enough makes this place great. But for those who can, every little bit helps.
Let me know what you think.