June 14, 2004

SportsFilter is outgrowing our present hosting situation, so we've decided to upgrade to a dedicated Linux server. We've added text ads and a server donation page to raise enough revenue for this site to meet expenses.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 01:26 AM - 26 comments

This isn't a sign of desperation -- the founders of this site are committed to moving to the new server and continuing to fund the site as needed. Since the new server will cost an estimated $100/month in hosting expenses, it's a good time to start looking at ways to make the community pay for itself as it grows. It's also a good time to mention that Touchdown Jesus watches over this site, so if you're looking to get on his good side for some reason ...

posted by rcade at 01:33 AM on June 14

eek. I'll renew my paypal account and give you some money. Can you fiddle with the margins on the front page now that we've got google-ads?

posted by BigCalm at 03:05 AM on June 14

posted by justgary at 03:21 AM on June 14

Touchdown Jesus thanks you for donating to SportsFilter! Thank the lord!

posted by BigCalm at 03:22 AM on June 14

(ah, control-refresh. gets a new style sheet sorts the front page out - thanks).

posted by BigCalm at 03:52 AM on June 14

Does clicking on the ads help?

posted by squealy at 05:08 AM on June 14

Any chance you can set up an Amazon.com donation link as well? I'm not a PayPal fan.

posted by grum@work at 07:00 AM on June 14

The donation link is an Amazon Honor System box already. Please only click on an ad if you're legitimately interested in it.

posted by rcade at 07:07 AM on June 14

Man, I hate paypal, many, many scary e mails. That Amazon link is marvelous. If I buy something from there via here, does that help? If so can you fix it so it works from Amazon UK as well?

posted by Fat Buddha at 07:24 AM on June 14

We're not Amazon affiliates at the moment, but that's not a bad idea. After the move, we'll probably put a server fund page together with several options.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on June 14

I'm going to go on the record here as having donated so that when my wife sees the charge on our credit card she won't think it's one of those legitimate-sounding porn charges.

posted by Jugwine at 10:36 AM on June 14

I just donated, and you're welcome, Touchdown Jesus. The donation "goal" is a nice touch.

posted by dusted at 10:59 AM on June 14

I donated, plus I'll buy Touchdown Jesus a beer next time he's in town just in case.

posted by mbd1 at 11:28 AM on June 14

Can Touchdown Jesus get Developer Jesus to fix the margins and modify the ad coloring scheme to match our lovely orange and green?

posted by dusted at 12:04 PM on June 14

The donation link is an Amazon Honor System box already Wow. My brain interpretted that link as a PayPal image and I had to double-check after you corrected me. Now I have no excuse not to donate.

posted by grum@work at 12:37 PM on June 14

Enjoy your double sawbuck.

posted by NoMich at 01:02 PM on June 14

Wow, Developer Jesus works fast.

posted by dusted at 01:12 PM on June 14

before the refund period is up, please tell me this is a joke. /semiserious

posted by danostuporstar at 01:12 PM on June 14

What's the best way for a Brit who won't touch paypal with a bargepole to donate a small amount?

posted by salmacis at 01:27 PM on June 14

He's only kidding. This site will be hosted on ServerMatrix in Dallas, which has been highly recommended by several high-traffic publishers I know.

posted by rcade at 03:14 PM on June 14

This site will be hosted on ServerMatrix in Dallas *grabs crowbar, laughs maniacally*

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:54 PM on June 14

I've just made a tiny little donation. The size of my donation is in now way a reflection of the esteem in which I hold this site. Blame my stupid car. Good luck!

posted by hootch at 07:09 PM on June 14

can we have a tally page? and a pony?

posted by jerseygirl at 07:11 PM on June 14

If the Lords of Sportsfilter are still reading this, the front page alignment is off- the login area is off-centered to the left overlapping some of the text. Using Windows XP w/ nightly Firefox build.

posted by jmd82 at 09:21 PM on June 14

jmd82 - you need a new style sheet - control-refresh on mozilla or control-F5 for IE should sort this out for you.

posted by BigCalm at 03:17 AM on June 15

The Posting as: and Comment: text at the bottom of each post page are in the left margin all by their lonesomes, I don't believe this is the desired result. On Preview: The (Your comment... line, buttons textarea and shortcuts lines are all flush with the left margin on the Preview page. I don't believe this is the desired result.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:30 AM on June 15

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