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Arcana
05-14-2009, 11:25 AM
I just wanted to drop a HUGE thank you note in here to all of the Gracious Donors of the guild. Thanks to your donations, this years hosting and software renewal is covered and is not an out of pocket expense anymore. Not that that mattered, as I've been happy to keep this place running out of my own pocket because the success of this site is a very personal pride-piece of mine.

Every single one of you, donor or not, mean a great deal to me because you take the time to post here and help make this community the best mapping community on the internet. I thoroughly believe that is the case.

But for the Donors...thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart.

Steel General
05-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Somehow, someday, someway I'll have some extra $$$ to send your way... :)

Arcana
05-14-2009, 02:58 PM
If ya can't send money, click ads occasionally ;)

NeonKnight
05-14-2009, 02:59 PM
You are indeed welcome.

I will always continue to send some extra cash your way to defray the costs!

Midgardsormr
05-14-2009, 04:13 PM
Speaking of ads, I love the Google ad sense links showing up on this thread:
Sperm donation. I think I'll click through from a different thread.

I'd like to send out thanks to the donors, as well, and our gracious Administrator, and all the Community Leaders, and the contributors. This is a stellar community; definitely in the 99th percentile of online communities for professionalism, respect, and talent.

I haven't had the time to do much mapping lately, but I still come here and read a few threads every day. Thank you all so much!

Arcana
05-14-2009, 04:26 PM
I've seen some good ones as far as "relevant" ads are concerned...though I gotta tell ya you should see some of the search results that have landed people here...

Arcana
05-14-2009, 04:28 PM
go to google and search for "photoshop sperm filter"

We've gotten LOTS of hits from that one.

msa
05-14-2009, 04:51 PM
Yay donors!

Kristoni
05-14-2009, 05:42 PM
Aha! So you're the man who is keeping this place running :)
For curiosity's sake, what kind of traffic volumes does this forum serve?

ravells
05-14-2009, 06:24 PM
More if you make a donation, Kristoni! And you get a cool green banner too!

Arcana
05-15-2009, 09:21 AM
Aha! So you're the man who is keeping this place running :)
For curiosity's sake, what kind of traffic volumes does this forum serve?

Yup, thats me ;) I'm the silent man behind the curtain that projects the big green face in front of you guys...umm....not really all that, but yeah I'm the guy.

Good question! We're churning out some decent numbers for a niche market. Last billing cycle was 99,378 MB of bandwidth used. This billing cycle we're already up to 69,994 MB, but that's partly due to another http://penny-arcade.com reference. We average around 1600 visits a day now. There's also some good stats at the bottom of the forum main page that shows membership.

Overall I'm very pleased with the growth considering that 99% of our advertising is word of mouth from the users and search engines. I personally don't go and advertise anywhere myself, but the community leaders do, and a lot of the regular long-time users tend to make lots of shout-outs at other places.

It is truly an honor to keep this place going, and I hope once my divorce is final to make it an even bigger entity if all goes well.