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« on: February 06, 2008, 04:27 »
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Was it just me ... or was it general?

Yesterday, when I tried to access the site, all I got was a message which looked like it came from the host server, saying the site was unavailable.

Then, earlier this morning when I tried again, I got a directory listing.   :'(

What happened?

Anyway ... you're back now. Phew!   :)


« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 04:33 »
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Yeah, sorry

Apparently the site went over it's CPU usage quota and the plug was pulled.  Seems a little unprofessional to just pull the plug without warning  >:( if you ask me.

The hosting company said I had to upgrade to an virtual private server (VPS) to continue hosting the site... :(  with means high hosting fees.

Nonetheless I have taken the bait and upgraded to the VPS.  Not sure if it was REALLY neccesary but I will live it like this for now.  Perhaps I will consider moving the site to a new hosting agency in the future, but if I just end up with the same problem there, then I may as well just stay with my current hosting company.

In any case, sorry for the down time - things should be back to normal now!

« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 04:58 »
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Well, we are just glad the site is back again.

Thank you Leaf. We really appreciate your efforts to make Microstockgroup such a valuable resource.

« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008, 05:32 »
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Thanks Leaf for keeping this site running.
I was away for 4 days and when I came back and could not acces the site, I was a bit lost....
Maybe it's time for some therapy ;D

Pierre

« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 05:48 »
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Yeah, sorry ...

... In any case, sorry for the down time - things should be back to normal now!


Don't apologise, Tyler.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we're all grateful that the best microstock forum on the Web is still going strong.

I just thought I wasn't going to see it again, and started to get withdrawal symptoms.

Glad you're back. Thanks a million.   ;D

dbvirago

« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 06:01 »
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Thanks for all you do and glad you are back. Personally, if they had pulled the plug on me, I would have gone somewhere else regardless. Too much competition out there.

At least we all saw their splash page and know who not to use for hosting.

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2008, 06:11 »
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So when you go over the traffic limit their incentive is to shut your site down? Unless there's a real good reason to stick with them, I would switch hosts. Thanks for keeping this site going.

« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008, 09:00 »
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So glad to see the site back ;D
Thank you leaf for all your efforts.

« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2008, 09:03 »
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So glad to see the site back ;D
Thank you leaf for all your efforts.

ditto sir

gbcimages

« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2008, 09:29 »
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yes, thanks Leaf.

« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2008, 09:33 »
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Please don't let that happen again.

I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms...

 ;D

« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2008, 10:56 »
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Glad you are back! For a newbie like me this site is invaluable. Thanks

digiology

« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2008, 11:20 »
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yeah that was harsh...I was feeling very lost also  :'(

I agree with Nazdravie and would fire your ISP!



« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2008, 11:56 »
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It's a relief to see the site back.  Thank you, Leaf!

If costs are high, I propose a voluntary donation to keep the site running.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2008, 12:07 »
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If costs are high, I propose a voluntary donation to keep the site running.

I think this is a good idea!
Thank you for everything, leaf  :)

« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2008, 12:15 »
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I agree.  I'm sure most of us value this site enough to be willing to do a donation or even pay a membership fee.  So if the old or new host is asking for more, just give us a button "donate" to click on!

« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2008, 13:06 »
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Leaf, thank you for your efforts. This site has been really a great help to me in terms of more $$$. I wouldn't mind to make a small donation if the ads are not enough. I bet the monthly hosting fee is 40-50$ or so. 100 people Paypaling 5$ should be enough.

I'm very happy with hostgator.com, and they never pulled the plug - even when they were without payment 2 months because of a credit card problem.

I really missed browsing MSG yesterday while waiting for my uploads ;-)

« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2008, 13:31 »
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Thank you!!! Thank you!!!  Thank you!!! 

I too must have tried a dozen times to get on each time needing to calm myself knowing it just couldn't be gone forever.  This group and you Leaf have been a blessing to me and my beginning with stock.

Happy to see you all again!
Connie ;D

« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2008, 14:24 »
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Ouf, very happy to read you again!

« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2008, 14:30 »
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Thanks for your effort, Leaf.

« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2008, 14:42 »
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I was sooooooooooo lost w/o Microstockgroup.com for a day ... :(

But I am very happy to see it here today !


Mark

« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2008, 14:49 »
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well i am glad you are all enjoying it here.  I am too.  The atmosphere and info / ideas / knowledge exchange is only thanks to all the members.  This place serves as my water cooler (as mentioned in another thread) and I missed it yesterday.

As far as paid memberships - this is nothing i dislike more than free forum all of a sudden deciding that their content should require a paid subscription.  Microstockgroup will always be free - that's the way forums should be.

Hosting fees are currently $90/month at siteground.  It is a little chunk of change, but to displace the fee, as some of you may have noticed there is a 'site sponsers' area on the bottom right of the site (visible to everyone), and an 'ads' area for people who are not logged in in the left bar.  I had once thought that it would be nice to keep this site ad free as well, but with the higher hosting fees, perhaps it is an ok tradeoff.

Currently Mostphotos is the main sponser, so you can thank them for that.  Hopefully the site can still stay completely unbiased even if a microstock site has advertising here.  Ideally it would be nice to have a general sponser, like Sandisk, or canon but I haven't had any ad requests from them yet!  :)

Another thought could be to have a voluntary donation.. with perhaps a little 'perk' for 'paid members' like a 'members lounge' area of the forum.. for uhhh... members only discussion :) ... things we only wanted to discuss amoungst ouselves! :)  ... or perhaps have a perk as only paid members are allowed to have a forum signature (and thus referral links)...   anyhow for the time being things will remain the same.

ideas and thoughts on all this are welcome!?
« Last Edit: February 06, 2008, 14:51 by leaf »

« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2008, 15:00 »
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Well... I sure missed this place!  Felt like one of my hands had been removed.

Thanks and note that you are greatly appreciated.

Regards
Penny

« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2008, 15:53 »
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or perhaps have a perk as only paid members are allowed to have a forum signature (and thus referral links)...   anyhow for the time being things will remain the same.

ideas and thoughts on all this are welcome!?

I think that you should be the only one allowed to benefit from referral links as a bonus for running and financing this site.  I will probably join 123rf soon and would like you to be my referral (assuming that I haven't already clicked on someone elses link without knowing it) but have no idea how to do that. Maybe you could put some links in an obvious place on the site asking people to click on them if they want you to be their referral.

« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2008, 16:11 »
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Leaf,

Already joined you by PM, but once again, thanks for keeping such a nice and informative forum alive.

I'm in for a donation if ever needed.

Erick


 

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