Spiritsearching, on 20 February 2017 - 05:41 AM, said:
Hello. My name is Tristan and I have been a long time viewer on these boards. The stories always fascinate me and I love seeing peoples differing perceptions regarding photos, experiences etc. The only reason i have finally decided to sign up is because it is worrying me that these boards may go as I usually visit them every couple of days. I would love to make a donation towards the upkeep, however (and please understand me as I am certain that everything is very genuine so I apologise if it seems like I am questioning anybody) I have been unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a couple of scams recently (on one website and also in my personal life) which of course has made me very wary as I do not have the money to just throw away. Would it be possible for you to send the information you have received regarding the costs of the boards/website going forward and I will then try and donate what I can. My email address is Thank you.
Hi SpiritSearching.... thank you for your consideration in this. What it comes down to is this... the forum community is at high risk of attack because it is broken. And I can no longer continue to fund it. The IPS community suite owns the platform it runs on. And they now have discontinued their support unless we pay $360 a year. Plus we need a years hosting, domain and website design to head up the "help with a haunting" portion of what this forum supports so strongly. So IPS will no longer support us unless we pay the new higher fees. If we don't pay, we lose 14 years of content, plain and simple. Yes, we can start over on a free platform but is it really worth doing that? Probably not, especially with all the competition with social media.
The change will give us all the great features we need so badly. That will include an eCommerce store
to take care of our future expenses. A separate site for members to share photos
with a rating system. A gallery
where members can have their own albums to share photos and Videos! Blogs
... where members can actually have their own blogs! A fresh new look
with all the great new enhanced features.
Automatic spammer protection
... and so much more!
So now it's up to the members. ........but I have to do something soon.