July 05, 2004

Server funded: Thanks to contributions to the server fund (and some jack from the founders), the new SportsFilter server has been ordered from ServerMatrix.

posted by rcade to navel gazing at 06:59 PM - 22 comments

It's a SuperCeleron 2.4 with a 2.4 GHz processor, 1,024MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and 1,200GB monthly bandwidth. We'll be running Red Hat Enterprise Linux with a customized pMachine Pro site on Apache, MySQL, and PHP that mimics the functionality of the existing software. We're hoping to be switched over by the first week of August. Thanks to the 11 members who pitched in! If you haven't contributed and would like to support the site, if we raise another $190, we will have covered all remaining expenses for the rest of the year, so I've lowered the server fund goal accordingly.

posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on July 05, 2004

Awesome! I'll throw a few more pieces o' eight your way later this week. Is the Amazon.com fundraising link still around?

posted by NoMich at 07:15 PM on July 05, 2004

Obligatory disclaimer: SportsFilter will not fold if the users have blown all of their discretionary money betting against Greece in Euro 2004.

posted by rcade at 07:16 PM on July 05, 2004

Duh! I'm just now seeing the Amazon.com link in your comment.

posted by NoMich at 07:16 PM on July 05, 2004

Is the site earning much of anything from the Google Ads? I click religiously. And this thread brings some new non-sports ads which i hope pay even higher per click!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:16 PM on July 05, 2004

The ads defray some of the costs (but please only click them for legit reasons). We may sell ads directly in the future -- we occasionally get inquiries from sportsbooks and other sites.

posted by rcade at 08:29 PM on July 05, 2004

Oh, not sportsbooks. I'd love to have the site get by without gambling ads. That's a selfish thought, I know, but every time I see gambling ads on a sports site, it seems so much, well, shadier than it should.

posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on July 05, 2004

I'm a little confused: wasn't the Amazon donation goal $1200? Now it's only $500.

posted by dusted at 12:02 AM on July 06, 2004

Uhhh... never mind, I just re-read the post. It's late and I'm tired.

posted by dusted at 12:04 AM on July 06, 2004

Hey, I'm legitimately interested in those neck ribbon medal thingies sold by the place whose ad I just clicked! If the price was right I was going to make a go of an annual SpoFies Awards ceremony, complete with banquet!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:10 AM on July 06, 2004

Please no sportsbooks sites... That would surely dry the ire of my proxy server and get spofi banned from my everyday viewing!

posted by trox at 10:34 AM on July 06, 2004

This is a good chance to find out which revenue opportunities shouldn't be pursued here. We're not interested in making money, beyond site expenses, so there's no need to get crazy. So no sportsbooks, casinos, or the like? What about poorly equipped female college football players?

posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on July 06, 2004

Oh, definitely. Yes.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:48 PM on July 06, 2004

I VOTE YES. Sorry Jessamyn but this here's a boys zone :)

posted by insomnyuk at 03:10 PM on July 06, 2004

Hell no.

posted by dusted at 03:14 PM on July 06, 2004

And... she's not poorly equipped at all. *crash*

posted by dusted at 03:49 PM on July 06, 2004

Is fapularity ensuing around these parts?

posted by NoMich at 04:17 PM on July 06, 2004

Just testing the boundaries to see if there's any give to them. How about ads for the Peter Petrie Egg Separator?

posted by rcade at 04:20 PM on July 06, 2004

Now that is the height of class. Now excuse me as I have an Apache Web Server to test and install.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 04:04 PM on July 07, 2004

OK, poorly-equipped female college football players, are, how you say, appropriate for the milieu. But, them Egg Separators, that there is the rollercoaster to hell, my friend.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:49 AM on July 08, 2004

If you ask me, I'd prefer no graphical ads poorly-equipped or otherwise. I just think the site looks a lot classier without being dominated by graphics.

posted by Jugwine at 03:25 PM on July 09, 2004

OK. I'd have to say I agree w/ Jugwine there, too. I'm all for the low-key experience.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:50 PM on July 09, 2004

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