Site Closing? Need Your Help!

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by kingbull, May 28, 2016.

  1. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    UPDATE: WE MADE IT TO OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!!

    VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE STOP DONATING! I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYMORE MONEY, SINCE WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL. I'M HUMBLED AND TREMENDOUSLY APPRECIATIVE WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. BRAVO!


    Old thread below:

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    Dear fellow cuckolds, cuckoldresses, bulls, and long-time members,

    I have some important news that will affect the future of the site. The site is in danger of closing down forever.

    This will take a bit of technical explanation, but is worth the read, so you understand what is happening, and why the site is in danger of being shut down. Here are the important points:

    1. First, we run our site using vBulletin, a very popular forum software package. This software runs on a programming language called "PHP".

      In the programming world, PHP has updates, much like your Mac or PC gets updates. And sometimes when there are updates, "old" programs no longer work on your computer.
    2. Second, all websites (including this one), are run on "hosts" - a service that makes the site publicly available for everyone to use on the web. It's kind of like internet "rent" so people can visit your page.

      Think of the vBulletin software as your program, and the host as your computer.

      My host has decided to upgrade their software (PHP) to a newer version. Why is this good? It creates more security for the site. Why is this bad? It means our forum will no longer work!

    When the host upgrades their software, the site will no longer work... UNLESS... we upgrade the site software to the newest version. This costs several hundred dollars.

    I've run this site for free for a number of years. The only things I've charged for were the gallery (now deactivated because it cost too much to run) and my book (no longer available). I make very little money from the site, all of it through ads, and ALL of the revenue goes straight to paying for hosting. I do not make a profit of any kind on this site, and haven't for years. I don't plan to. It's 100% free to everybody, and always has been.

    The cost of hosting this site comes out of my own pocket on a monthly basis, and I ask nothing in return. All in all, I'd say I've spent thousands of dollars on hosting alone.

    However, the site upgrade is a wee bit beyond my means at the moment. It costs several hundred dollars to upgrade.

    So, for the first time in our 9+ years of hosting this site, we are asking for donations to help defray the cost of an upgrade. We need your help to buy the new upgrade which will keep the site online and thriving like it always has.

    My host tells me they will upgrade on the 31st of this month, which equivocally means if we don't upgrade by that time, the site will be shut down.

    If any members wish to contribute a small donation to cover the upgrade, it will prevent the site from going offline.

    More specifically, this is the software I will be upgrading to:

    Buy vBulletin 5 Connect

    Specifically, we will purchase the "Mobile Suite" version on that page, which costs $399.

    We need your help. If any members can do so, I will accept donations at Paypal until we reach $399. I will not accept donations beyond $399.

    Any amount helps, even if just $15. Goal is to reach $399 by the 31st.

    The future of the site is at stake! Let's all pitch in and keep it as the #1 place to visit for cuckolds!

    If you are interested in helping, please respond below.

    Thank you!
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 30, 2016
  2. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    By the way - all Paypal donations will be completely anonymous. Your information will never be shared.

    If you wish to contribute, private message me, or just make a donation to kingbullcf@gmail.com via Paypal.

    Also, if you are waiting for someone else to take up the opportunity to donate, don't! It's you who makes the difference with your action.

    Thank you - you'll help save the site.
     
  3. Kudalskies

    Kudalskies Well-Known Member Founding Member

    Done. Donated $30

    lets all chip in..

    Its the least we can do for our site
     
  4. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you! That makes $30 of $399. $369 to go...

    Can we do it in 2 days?
     
  5. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    By the way, donations earn you the title "Foundational Member" - which includes all of the following site perks:

    1. Will have their username show up in BOLDED GREEN FONT with "FOUNDATIONAL MEMBER" underneath it.
    2. Can have a signature.
    3. Can create Groups and Social Forums
    4. Can open and close their very own threads! (This is like a moderator ability!)
    5. Can move their threads to another section of the site (another moderator ability).
    6. Can delete their own posts.
    7. Have unlimited attachment space (unlimited uploads).
    8. Can post polls.
    9. Can store up to 1,000 private messages.
    10. Can view the calendar and see upcoming events as well as post events.
    11. Can login in "invisible mode" - so that other people can't see you in the "Who's Online" list.
    12. Can create a custom title (if you don't want to have "VERIFIED REAL MEMBER" as your title, you can change it.)
    13. Can view profile pictures.
    14. Can email other members.
    15. Can upload animated avatars and profile pictures.
    16. Can upload a larger signature image.
    17. Can hide reputation from others.
    18. Can comment on, edit, and delete their own comments on albums.
    19. Can post and edit visitor messages.
    20. Can search blogs.

    ... and much more!

    Donate and help us keep afloat.
     
  6. Mbgdallas

    Mbgdallas Member Founding Member

    Sent $30.
     
  7. saturn

    saturn Super Moderator Staff Member

    All,

    Don't overlook that list of perks. That all translates to more control of your content. With that comes much more trust and - I don't want to say leniency, but it means that it goes a long way to allow the moderators to trust what you post, such as links, personal info, etc. I'm sure links that go to paid sites will still need KingBull's approval, but I'll let him decide that.

    This is obviously a limited opportunity to get a position here that hasn't happened before. Trust me when I say I really wish everybody who has read this thread so far would donate $4. First it would mean we'd have already reached our goal. Second it would mean at least 100 people would get the benefits outlined above.
     
  8. canadianwittol

    canadianwittol Well-Known Member Founding Member

    I have likewise contributed my $30 as well.

    For what it's worth, I added a note to Kingbull and as an afterthought decided maybe I should post it here in the hopes that it strikes a chord with others who have not donated yet.

    Basically...I've been married for almost seven years. I have been a cuckold for all but 47 days of my marriage. The support of this community here really helps me - I depend on it as others who've gotten to know me a little better like Wayne and a couple others know.

    So it's my pleasure to give just a little to someone who has asked for so little and given us so much.

    $30 seems to be the going amount and by my count we're up to $90 -- come on guys, we can get there.
     
  9. Pathedick

    Pathedick Well-Known Member Founding Member

    Don't have money to throw around, but I've wasted more money on Much fleeting and not important stuff so sent you 10% of what you need. Hopefully others are stepping
     
  10. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you, Pathedick!

    Thanks a lot. This forum is free, has been free since it opened in 2007, and will always be free. It's my pleasure to bring it to you. But I cannot take credit for it all being what it is...

    Saturn has been one of the best moderators I've had on this forum. He tolerates my inconvenient absences, treats all members with respect, peruses the forums for spam, and just does a wonderful job in general. He's never asked to be paid for it, hasn't received a cent. All of his work he provides for free. I owe him a lot, and so does everyone here.

    Thank you!

    Thanks again. We are getting closer.

    We are up to $127.07. See the screenshot below:

    Screenshot - 5_29_2016 , 11_22_37 PM.png

    I'm also going to pitch in $50 of my own, so the goal is really going to be $349, so that means only $222.92 left to go!

    I'm excited. Can we do it??

    Also, I am working on giving you all your special member status. I plan on unveiling it when the new forum is integrated.
     
  11. saturn

    saturn Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks KingBull! BTW, make sure you check the mod forum. :)
     
  12. JamesAustralia

    JamesAustralia New Member

    Just a friendly suggestion, don't go with vbulletin 5. It is a mess of a product and has many performance issues. Do some googling yourself and you'll see the general feedback to the product.

    I'd personally suggest you look at XenForo.
     
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  13. Mickle

    Mickle New Member Founding Member

    Have contributed $30 come on Guys
     
  14. don_jetman

    don_jetman Well-Known Member Founding Member

    $100 from me. Thanks for everything Kingbull and Saturn!

    Don
     
  15. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    We made it!!!!!!!!

    Oh my god!

    Ladies and gentleman... WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!

    The donations have reached $247.07, and since I'm donating the last $50, this means, we can afford the upgrade to the new software!!!

    AMAZING JOB GUYS AND GALS! See the screenshot below:

    Screenshot - 5_30_2016 , 2_03_50 PM.png

    Also, very important - please stop donating! I will not accept anymore donations. We have met our goal, so please abstain!

    Although, if you do feel like pitching in now and then for hosting, feel free. No obligatory at all, however.

    I'm so grateful and humbled you all pitched in for this. You have literally saved the site from extinction. Amazing how people can come together and accomplish wonderful things.

    I am going to get to work on integrating the new site and features over the next 2-3 days.

    Please do not be alarmed if the site is offline for a day or two. It takes time to upgrade, and sometimes we run into hitches.

    Again - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP AND DONATIONS. You are the only reason the site will be bigger, better and ALIVE!
     
  16. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you - really!

    Don, thanks a ton. You have all literally saved the site!

    We made it!
     
  17. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    IMPORTANT:

    Also, important - I've decided to migrate the site to a cheaper, safer and faster alternative - Xenforo. This forum software is the next generation, superior to vBulletin in many ways. It's faster, more secure, and has less issues.

    I will also be installing a brand new GALLERY as part of the upgrade process. You'll be able to upload unlimited pictures and media any time you want!

    So - here is what will happen. Xenforo (with the gallery option) costs only $200. We've already surpassed the $200 mark by $47. I am going to refund this $47 to everyone who donated on a scaled basis, depending on how much you initially donated.

    For instance, let's say you donated $100 to the overall $247 amount. $100 is 40% of $247. You'd get 40% of $47 back, which is $18.80.

    Someone who donated $30 would get back $3.60, etc. I will start on these refunds once Paypal transfers the initial donations.

    If you have questions, concerns, ask. Right now, I'm going to start working on preparing the site for the migration.

    Again, don't be alarmed if the site is offline for a day or two. It sometimes takes time to roll things out.

    At the very latest, we will be back by the 3rd if the site goes down.

    And again - THANK YOU!
     
  18. canadianwittol

    canadianwittol Well-Known Member Founding Member

    Hi KingBull,

    Just a note at least for me, I won't speak for everyone looking to follow suit - but I gave that donation expecting nothing back but the continuation of the community you have created here. I'd be quite happy if you hang onto it for any unforeseen or sundry expenses you may require now or in the future.

    Perhaps only a dyed-in-the-wool cuckold would think of this, but I must admire your commitment to honesty and returning excess funds to your donors...while revelling in the delicious irony that your same sense of morality is absent as you fuck other men's wives, fiances, girlfriends, etc.!! Lol!

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to give back to you, KingBull. I really respect the time and dedication you have put into this for all of us.

    Three cheers for you, King Bull!
     
  19. Black Buttman

    Black Buttman Member

    Who says it ain't moral??? That's relative my friend hahaha!
     
  20. kingbull

    kingbull Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, CW! I appreciate that. You are also right about the honesty - I may take your wife for a ride, but will never take YOU for one. :)

    If anyone in this thread wishes abstain from receiving a refund, let me know. Otherwise, I will return what I promised over the next week to all donors.
     

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