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digitalmars.D.announce - New Fundraiser: D Forums Server

reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
One of the options we were considering for a new fundraising 
campaign was raising money for Vladimir's continuing efforts on 
the forums. He's been maintaining them, and covering the server, 
without any compensation since the beginning. The recent thread 
about forum outages pushed all other considerations aside: it's 
time to support Vladimir.

However, being the awesome guy he is, he insisted we only help 
out in covering the server costs. So that's what we're setting 
out to do with the new campaign.

He has a list of options to improve the forum performance, one of 
which he recently implemented (moving the database to a new 
partition). A new server with more resources and an SSD should 
show an even bigger win. Then he can take the time to do his 
other optimizations at his leisure.

We're asking the community to contribute $2000 to cover the new 
server for one year, with a little bit extra for any incidentals 
that arise. This is a campaign we want to make an annual event so 
that Vladimir never has to pay out of pocket for the server again.

The campaign is available from the menu on the Donate page, but 
you can go straight to it here:

https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDkzNjc=

And if you also want to support Vladimir in the broader work he 
does on all the open source software he puts out, he has a 
Patreon page that is looking pretty empty right now:

https://www.patreon.com/cybershadow

Next month, I'll be launching Round 2 of the PR Manager campaign 
for another three months of PR trimming goodness. We pulled in 
$3,124 from Round 1, so the extra $124 will be used for a head 
start on Round 2.

I'll put all of this in a blog post in the next few days, along 
with some other info.
Jan 25
next sibling parent reply Matheus <stop spam.com> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 17:01:31 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 ...
Nice I'd like to help but I'm foreigner. It's possible to set a PayPal account for this too? Matheus.
Jan 25
parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 18:26:26 UTC, Matheus wrote:
 ...
Nice I'd like to help but I'm foreigner. It's possible to set a PayPal account for this too?
They accept credit cards from around the world. Many of our Flipcause donors are not American. Did you have trouble? If so, you can go to the donation page and use the PayPal link. Be sure to leave a note that it’s for the new server and I will update the campaign total. But we would prefer if you try Flipcause first.
Jan 25
next sibling parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 19:11:59 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:

 Flipcause donors are not American. Did you have trouble? If so, 
 you can go to the donation page and use the PayPal link.
Sorry: https://dlang.org/foundation/donate.html
Jan 25
parent Meta <jared771 gmail.com> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 19:14:31 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 19:11:59 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:

 Flipcause donors are not American. Did you have trouble? If 
 so, you can go to the donation page and use the PayPal link.
Sorry: https://dlang.org/foundation/donate.html
For anyone else donating via Paypal, it didn't go through the first two times and just spit out some generic error message (using Paypal One Touch; not sure if that matters). If you get an error when trying to donate through the link on the donation page, just keep trying until it succeeds. Only the successful payment will actually be charged to your Paypal account, so there's no worry of making multiple payments by mistake.
Jan 25
prev sibling parent Matheus <stop spam.com> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 19:11:59 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 Did you have trouble?
No, the main problem is the person who usually lend his International Card to me only have PayPal account, and I do not want to bother him asking to register in the other options. I'll go with PayPal later and put a note about this. Thanks, Matheus.
Jan 25
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Martin Tschierschke <mt smartdolphin.de> writes:
On Friday, 25 January 2019 at 17:01:31 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 One of the options we were considering for a new fundraising 
 campaign was raising money for Vladimir's continuing efforts on 
 the forums. He's been maintaining them, and covering the 
 server, without any compensation since the beginning. The 
 recent thread about forum outages pushed all other 
 considerations aside: it's time to support Vladimir.
[...]
 The campaign is available from the menu on the Donate page, but 
 you can go straight to it here:

 https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDkzNjc=
[...] I tried it twice via flipcause but it ended with: Looks like your session has expired! You will be redirected to the Home page. Please take a look! Regards mt.
Jan 28
parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 09:22:33 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
wrote:

 I tried it twice via flipcause but it ended with:

    Looks like your session has expired!

    You will be redirected to the Home page.

 Please take a look!
Sorry, Martin, but I'm unable to reproduce this at all. I've tried from three different browsers on Windows, both logged in and out of Flipcause. I'll keep checking on my other devices and see if I can reproduce it at all. If it keeps up, please let me know. See if there's anything in your JS console (just in case they log things there) and email that to me along with any other details you think relevant (date & time, etc.) and I'll check with their support.
Jan 28
parent reply Martin Tschierschke <mt smartdolphin.de> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 13:37:39 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 09:22:33 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
 wrote:

 I tried it twice via flipcause but it ended with:

    Looks like your session has expired!

    You will be redirected to the Home page.

 Please take a look!
Sorry, Martin, but I'm unable to reproduce this at all. I've tried from three different browsers on Windows, both logged in and out of Flipcause. I'll keep checking on my other devices and see if I can reproduce it at all. If it keeps up, please let me know. See if there's anything in your JS console (just in case they log things there) and email that to me along with any other details you think relevant (date & time, etc.) and I'll check with their support.
I just retried and it seams to work, did I checked the anonymous flag? Seams so, or will the update here: https://www.flipcause.com/widget/widget_home/NDkzNjc=#/activity/NDkzNjc= Take a while? Regards mt.
Jan 28
parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:28:52 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
wrote:

 I just retried and it seams to work, did I checked the 
 anonymous flag?
 Seams so, or will the update here:
 https://www.flipcause.com/widget/widget_home/NDkzNjc=#/activity/NDkzNjc=
 Take a while?

 Regards mt.
I haven't received notification of your payment yet, so I assume it hasn't been processed yet.
Jan 28
parent reply Martin Tschierschke <mt smartdolphin.de> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:31:03 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:28:52 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
 wrote:

 I just retried and it seams to work, did I checked the 
 anonymous flag?
 Seams so, or will the update here:
 https://www.flipcause.com/widget/widget_home/NDkzNjc=#/activity/NDkzNjc=
 Take a while?

 Regards mt.
I haven't received notification of your payment yet, so I assume it hasn't been processed yet.
Before I made the donation ($25) the total was at $200 now it is at $225, looks ok, or was there an other donation (via paypal) you added manually?
Jan 28
parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:37:48 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
wrote:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:31:03 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 Before I made the donation ($25) the total was at $200 now it 
 is at $225, looks ok, or was there an other donation (via 
 paypal) you added manually?
I added one manually from PayPal.
Jan 28
parent Martin Tschierschke <mt smartdolphin.de> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:49:15 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:37:48 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
 wrote:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 14:31:03 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
 Before I made the donation ($25) the total was at $200 now it 
 is at $225, looks ok, or was there an other donation (via 
 paypal) you added manually?
I added one manually from PayPal.
Hmm, I just requested a special online account to see if the amount was taken from my credit card. (I am normally satisfied to get it once a month...) So I can not say if the card was charged or not, but I am sure that the process went trough without an error. ... we will see. Would be good if someone else would try it :-), too now!
Jan 28
prev sibling parent reply Johannes Loher <johannesloher fg4f.de> writes:
Am 25.01.19 um 18:01 schrieb Mike Parker:
 One of the options we were considering for a new fundraising campaign
 was raising money for Vladimir's continuing efforts on the forums. He's
 been maintaining them, and covering the server, without any compensation
 since the beginning. The recent thread about forum outages pushed all
 other considerations aside: it's time to support Vladimir.
 
 However, being the awesome guy he is, he insisted we only help out in
 covering the server costs. So that's what we're setting out to do with
 the new campaign.
 
 He has a list of options to improve the forum performance, one of which
 he recently implemented (moving the database to a new partition). A new
 server with more resources and an SSD should show an even bigger win.
 Then he can take the time to do his other optimizations at his leisure.
 
 We're asking the community to contribute $2000 to cover the new server
 for one year, with a little bit extra for any incidentals that arise.
 This is a campaign we want to make an annual event so that Vladimir
 never has to pay out of pocket for the server again.
 
 The campaign is available from the menu on the Donate page, but you can
 go straight to it here:
 
 https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDkzNjc=
 
 And if you also want to support Vladimir in the broader work he does on
 all the open source software he puts out, he has a Patreon page that is
 looking pretty empty right now:
 
 https://www.patreon.com/cybershadow
 
 Next month, I'll be launching Round 2 of the PR Manager campaign for
 another three months of PR trimming goodness. We pulled in $3,124 from
 Round 1, so the extra $124 will be used for a head start on Round 2.
 
 I'll put all of this in a blog post in the next few days, along with
 some other info.
I would like to donate for this, but flipcause does not seem to work for me at all: I tried to make the donation several times, but after entering all the details and payment details and clicking on "Finish", I either got a message saying something like "Sorry, your session expired. Redirecting you to 'Home'" or i was simply redirected to 'Home' without any message. Considering the other comments in this thread, it seems like I am not the only one who has issues like that. Maybe you should get in touch with flipcause in order to try to resolve these issues.
Jan 28
next sibling parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 20:00:53 UTC, Johannes Loher wrote:

 I would like to donate for this, but flipcause does not seem to 
 work for me at all:

 I tried to make the donation several times, but after entering 
 all the details and payment details and clicking on "Finish", I 
 either got a message saying something like "Sorry, your session 
 expired. Redirecting you to 'Home'" or i was simply redirected 
 to 'Home' without any message.

 Considering the other comments in this thread, it seems like I 
 am not the only one who has issues like that. Maybe you should 
 get in touch with flipcause in order to try to resolve these 
 issues.
Ah, so it's happening at payment time. No wonder I couldn't reproduce it. I'll look into it. Did you have the same error with the Flipcause order form for your DConf registration before you went to PayPal?
Jan 28
parent Johannes Loher <johannesloher fg4f.de> writes:
Am 29.01.19 um 01:58 schrieb Mike Parker:
 On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 20:00:53 UTC, Johannes Loher wrote:
 
 I would like to donate for this, but flipcause does not seem to work
 for me at all:

 I tried to make the donation several times, but after entering all the
 details and payment details and clicking on "Finish", I either got a
 message saying something like "Sorry, your session expired.
 Redirecting you to 'Home'" or i was simply redirected to 'Home'
 without any message.

 Considering the other comments in this thread, it seems like I am not
 the only one who has issues like that. Maybe you should get in touch
 with flipcause in order to try to resolve these issues.
Ah, so it's happening at payment time. No wonder I couldn't reproduce it. I'll look into it. Did you have the same error with the Flipcause order form for your DConf registration before you went to PayPal?
After having problems with the donation, I did not try Flipcause for pyaing for the DConf ticket. I directly went for PayPal instead, so I can't really comment on that.
Jan 29
prev sibling parent reply Martin Tschierschke <mt smartdolphin.de> writes:
On Monday, 28 January 2019 at 20:00:53 UTC, Johannes Loher wrote:
 Am 25.01.19 um 18:01 schrieb Mike Parker:
 One of the options we were considering for a new fundraising 
 campaign was raising money for Vladimir's continuing efforts 
 on the forums. He's been maintaining them, and covering the 
 server, without any compensation since the beginning. The 
 recent thread about forum outages pushed all other 
 considerations aside: it's time to support Vladimir.
 
 However, being the awesome guy he is, he insisted we only help 
 out in covering the server costs. So that's what we're setting 
 out to do with the new campaign.
 
 He has a list of options to improve the forum performance, one 
 of which he recently implemented (moving the database to a new 
 partition). A new server with more resources and an SSD should 
 show an even bigger win. Then he can take the time to do his 
 other optimizations at his leisure.
 
 We're asking the community to contribute $2000 to cover the 
 new server for one year, with a little bit extra for any 
 incidentals that arise. This is a campaign we want to make an 
 annual event so that Vladimir never has to pay out of pocket 
 for the server again.
 
 The campaign is available from the menu on the Donate page, 
 but you can go straight to it here:
 
 https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDkzNjc=
 
 And if you also want to support Vladimir in the broader work 
 he does on all the open source software he puts out, he has a 
 Patreon page that is looking pretty empty right now:
 
 https://www.patreon.com/cybershadow
 
 Next month, I'll be launching Round 2 of the PR Manager 
 campaign for another three months of PR trimming goodness. We 
 pulled in $3,124 from Round 1, so the extra $124 will be used 
 for a head start on Round 2.
 
 I'll put all of this in a blog post in the next few days, 
 along with some other info.
I would like to donate for this, but flipcause does not seem to work for me at all: I tried to make the donation several times, but after entering all the details and payment details and clicking on "Finish", I either got a message saying something like "Sorry, your session expired. Redirecting you to 'Home'" or i was simply redirected to 'Home' without any message. Considering the other comments in this thread, it seems like I am not the only one who has issues like that. Maybe you should get in touch with flipcause in order to try to resolve these issues.
I now, know a little more, first I had the same behavior, with the session expired message, than at the third try it seemed to go trough but, it didn't. I called my bank and they where so nice to ask at the mastercard service what hat happened, the result was, that my card was not using / registered for "Mastercard® Secure Code" But this security feature was requested by flipcause, and so the process was canceled. The bad thing is, that no appropriate information about this was returned to me. I think, for a service with a relatively high monthly fee, this should work better, because the core feature.
Jan 29
parent Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 10:08:49 UTC, Martin Tschierschke 
wrote:

 I now, know a little more, first I had the same behavior, with 
 the session expired
 message, than at the third try it seemed to go trough but, it 
 didn't.

 I called my bank and they where so nice to ask at the 
 mastercard service what hat happened,
 the result was, that my card was not using / registered for 
 "Mastercard® Secure Code"

 But this security feature was requested by flipcause, and so 
 the process was canceled.

 The bad thing is, that no appropriate information about this 
 was returned to me.

 I think, for a service with a relatively high monthly fee, this 
 should work better, because the core feature.
Thanks for the feedback, Martin. I'll raise that with their support folks.
Jan 29