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Headhunter
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PostSubject: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:33 am

I think it is time that AoF Expands. We have grown to be a great gaming community. But now that we've got so many members. We're running out of space.
I read somewhere that, the current forum, we are running only supports a certain amount of registered users (100) and it only supports a certain amount of posts total (10,000).

In my opinion, i think that we should all work together, and help one another raise enough money to buy a website of our own. This way, we will have a lot more space for new users to come. We will have unlimited postage amounts. We will have our own domain (Space on the internet, like www.aof-association.com).

If we all work together to raise enough money, maybe we could achieve this. It's just an idea, but it may work and it may not work, due to the ages of some of our members, they might not be able to put forward some money.

Tell me what you think anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:38 am

i voted i dunno, because although this would be a great idea, it depends on how much it costs

exactly how much would our own website cost, cos i'm kinda strapped for cash(i hafta use it all for a trip to barcelona in october)

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:42 am

Well, it all depends on what kind of site we would be looking for.

Would we like a site like The Void Server has?
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:47 am

Well. If we are looking for a site like the void has. Here are the prices of some themes we'd need first.

http://destinethemes.com/goods/client/browse_products.php

After that, we'd need to buy a domain. (Server for the Website to be run from)
Here are some good prices...

http://httpeasy.com/

Look around and see what you find.
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:48 am

i'd say a cheap site, but with everythin we need, no point spendin money on add-ons we can get but won't use

just wonderin, how much DID the void site cost?

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:51 am

To host the website.. it would cost around $180.00 per year.

For the theme, it would cost around $60.00 one time payment.
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 9:54 am

Here are some links to themes, which can be supported with the server.

http://destinehosting.com/Z3/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/Inferno/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/Nvision/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/Military/index.php

http://destinedesigns.com/test4/index.php

http://destinedesigns.com/test2/index.php

http://destinedesigns.com/test3/index.php

http://destinedesigns.com/test6/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/kaos/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/Mech2/index.php

http://destinehosting.com/viper/index.php


Which one would you like better? If we we're going to buy one?
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 10:00 am

I personally like this one: http://destinehosting.com/kaos/index.php

But if we we're planning on doing this, we'd have to pick the top 5 and then do a vote.
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 10:45 am

Well although I like the idea I think it would only be a good idea if we raised enough money to pay up at least the first year before we did it! The only reason I say that is it would be easier to maintain that way if we didn't have to sweat making the next payment. How close are we to being full now? I mean member wise because we could probably remove some older users that either have never used the forum or haven't used it in a long time. As far as the posts are concerned we could probably do a little clean-up there as well for the time being! If we do decide to go ahead and get a better set-up I can help donate some to get it started. But I suggest we also do like the Void and put a paypal donate box on the main page to make it easier! We should do that as soon as we decide to do this so we can start getting the money before we switch.
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 10:59 am

i think that its a great idea... unfortunately my parents wont be jump to let me hand out money for internet sites so i doubt ill be of any help with finance...

@ Sephiroth

all those extras are really really handy... they would be used...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 11:10 am

just remembered... HH dont these forusm run out after a year or so? anyway, ESFs ran out so it had to buy a more permanent home...

HH , u better put a donate box on site anyway becuase they will most liekly need a more permanent resident at soem point...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 11:14 am

The max amount of users allowed on these forums are 100. We currently have 86.
The max amount of posts allowed on these forums are 5000. We have around 4000.

This is just an idea, and it will be enforced if we think it is necessary to do. You don't need to have a credit card to pay for the site. You can send the money by post to the person who will be making payment for the site, they will be the ones who will deal with the financial issues.

Every member could donate around $10.00 or $5.00 if they can. This money soon adds up.

I think $10.00 is 5.00... not 100% sure, but i think pounds ia 50% of dollars.

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 12:40 pm

HH in my veiw we should put up a donations box on the main page and put links/ a post on what it goes to on forums...

whiel thats happenign we should look into what their is and what they offer... this forum will be full in a few months with posts and probley totally full of members in a feew to... the only option would be to clear out the posts and delete unused acounts...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 1:54 pm

ok guys, how bout this, we w8 until everybody votes, and if the majority is yes, we go ahead and do this

1. put a donation box HERE first(if we can) to raise the funds for it before getting it
2. once we have enuf cash, we select a theme
3. once we have selected a theme, every1 who is able/needed to help will go about getting the necessary stuff, maybe a new bannr, a few extra's and possibly more than 1 shoutbox(1 for freelancer, 1 for ikariam, for ogame and 1 general shoutbox) and also getting a CHATbox for long discussions

first, we need to see the total cost per year of everything we want, HH, can u get that pls

also, if votes are mainly no, we just keep getting new forums XD

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 1:58 pm

ive sent a circular message round AoF main body on OGame and ive sent a message to Spec Ops to send the same message round AoF X wing on Ogame...

that should get the attention of the wings on Ogame... Staff of the other games should inform their members and a new post should be made by HH to place a Vote...

Also HH, how do donations work because i dont get it, liek whats the account that all the donations go into etc...

p.s. HH , can u get ur hands on the chatbox that ESF/Void forums used? it was very impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 2:13 pm

I cannot do the donations block. I need someone who has a Paypal account. The people donate the amount they want, and the money goes into the paypal account of whose the account is.

I will need someone who has a Paypal account to do this. An easier way would be to send a post with the money in it to someones house, then they can get the money direct, rather than making the paypal.


About the chatbox - That chatbox which the void and esf forums had, comes with these sites which we are thinking of buying. If we buy one, of course we'll have one.
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 2:21 pm

Well first i must say that i sure as heck can't donate nothin, my parents would never let me!!!

But i think that we might have to do this, we can "clean" the forums but eventually we will need to expand. I'll do what i can to help but i say we take this slow and plan well.

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptySun Apr 27, 2008 2:24 pm

planning wont be a prob my freinds... u got soem 'bright' people in here and im not just talking about myself...lol , funds would be the big bump on the road...

volunteer with a pay pal account will most liekly be an adult player...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 1:47 am

I don't really have that much cash - and besides, compared currency of is about 1.00NZ/0.42UK lol

How about you try Zetaboards? They're good, Free, and even better - permamnent!! You can make new themes and backgrounds and such, you just need a knowledge of HTML Wink

http://s1.zetaboards.com/zb/index/

Just look around and see if you like it Wink
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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 7:32 am

its just the same as these forums... HH has made sites with it before...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 7:40 am

Results of this forum still being kept...

- Pruning will take place at least once a month ( that means all post delted)

- accounts that are inactive of 1 month will most likely need to be delted for new members to register...

IN ENGLISH WERE GOING TO HAVE A HELL LOAD OF TROUBLE...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 8:59 am

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I don't really have that much cash - and besides, compared currency of is about 1.00NZ/0.42UK lol

How about you try Zetaboards? They're good, Free, and even better - permamnent!! You can make new themes and backgrounds and such, you just need a knowledge of HTML Wink

http://s1.zetaboards.com/zb/index/

Just look around and see if you like it Wink

Unfortunately the Zetaboards are just an upgrade from the InvisionBoards. They still have the disadvantages which these current forums have. They have a limit on the user accounts and they have a limit on the max posts per board. Why? Because each post + user = more bandwich for the server to run. The ZetaBoards cannot give out free boards to everyone with unlimited resources. There is ALWAYS a problem which will go wrong with them.

Disadvantages of ZetaBoards (Free Forums)

- They have a max limit of users allowed to register.
- They have a max limit of posts allowed on each board.
- They have ads on them. This spoils the look of the forums.
- They can run slow, due to the low amount of bandwich given to each free user.
- They do not support most coding. They do not support PhP, Nuke, phpbb, etc. They ONLY support "HTML".
- They will not have as much features, that the forums you pay for do.
- They only have a certain limit of features that can be used.

So technically... all the free forum providers host their systems and services exactly the same. They are run the same way, and the provide the same stuff. The only thing which is different is the theme on the forum and maybe a different Admin Control Pannel. But most of them are standard.

If we could get a forum. You may not need to pay for it. Maybe we can get one which does not cost too much, and we may only need a couple of members to donate towards it. We are not forcing you to make a desicion to pay. We are only coming up with the idea of expanding AoF as this current forum is getting full and won't last much longer at the current growth rate.

Regards.

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 9:19 am

if u want AoF to go far a new site WILL coem jump back into another post...

u can only keep it back for so long but as AoF grows so does the need for more space...

forusm u pay for maybe not as pricey as u would want them but their worth it, we could even look into getting adverts to help pay for it if thats what it requires to keep to the upkeep price...

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 9:30 am

Take the Ogmae section for example...

Mon Feb 04, 2008 was the first post in the Ogame section, from that time and until now theirs been 1118 posts

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PostSubject: Re: AoF Expanding?   AoF Expanding? EmptyMon Apr 28, 2008 9:35 pm

Yeah, I don't read too much into these things HeadHunter lol... just scratching the surface, but I don't know these things. Excuse me while I root around... study:
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