Site info updates: Sponsors, prize shipping, donations, upgrades, etc

Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by drp, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. drp

    aa drp

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    A few months back, we had an issue with our ad network where it would spew 'bad' ads. And by bad i mean sometimes malicious. While other sites will put up with that crap, TF2M wont. So we totally ditched network ads, and went with a safer method. Now all ads on TF2M are supervised and reviewed before they are served.

    Due to this, about 1/3 of our site income was slashed, making it just a bit tougher to try and break even. This past month, we were featured on the Valve blog for our sweet plr/ctf contest. This brought in people by the thousands. Ofcourse, most of these tf2'ers downloaded our 250mb map pack. This is the result.

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    Close to 2000GB of transfer last month. I literally had to ask a tech at the DC to move us to a higher capacity machine. Which was done in a matter of minutes.

    Now, we do have a new sponsors page, showing people/establishments that have supported us in some way or another. They can be found here: Sponsors!

    If you're looking for a product or service they offer, give them a try.

    Also, a few have asked on how they can donate apart from getting a vip subscription on the site, and some have even suggested a price increase. Of course, I said no to the price increase, but I have setup a page where, if you'd like to be even more generous, can send a little extra to help fund the site.
    That can be found here: Donate!

    Oh, and before I forget, those of you who were lucky enough to jump in and claim the really cool tf2 keychains, those have NOT shipped yet. I, in my infinite (not really) wisdom, failed to remember that I actually need stamps to send envelopes. Sorry about that! They should be going out soon. Same goes for our contest winners.

    Again, I want to thank everyone who has an active donation status. It means a lot to me and rest of the staff.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

    -TF2Maps.net
     
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  2. Locutus

    Locutus L2: Junior Member

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    Wow, 2 terabytes of data sent over the internets.

    That's ridiculous. :O
     
  3. Icarus

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    Just curious, how much of a shortfall do we really have?
     
  4. drp

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    wouldn't really call it a shortfall as I do cover whatever costs are not met. even if members would not donate anything, I'd still cover the entire bills so its not worries, but the help from all of you guys is great.
     
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  5. Okrag

    aa Okrag Wall Staples

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    Good thing I was planning on donating anyway. I just have to cancel my Xbox Live account.
     
  6. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    TOO MUCH!!! DONATE MORE!!!!

    :p
     
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  7. Delusibeta

    Delusibeta L3: Member

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    I recommend putting links to these new pages somewhere on the front page.
     
  8. drp

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    on the to-do list ;)

    thanks.
     
  9. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I'll be donating again soon, as a lil crimbo present to TF2maps. :)
     
  10. Dr. Spud

    aa Dr. Spud Grossly Incandescent

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    Just keep making more of those "ZOMG!!!!!" threads in the vip section, that'll be a good fund raiser. TPG posted one right when my donator ran out and it drove me crazy.
     
  11. Icarus

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    I think I donated enough to cover me until 2012 :p
     
  12. The Political Gamer

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    Will do! :p

    EDIT: Done!
     
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  13. Shoomonger

    Shoomonger L4: Comfortable Member

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    I WOULD donate but I'm not very "wealthy".
     
  14. littleedge

    aa littleedge L1111: Clipping Guru

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    I would donate, but I have no means of doing so since I have no means of paying for things over the interwebs.
     
  15. Cameron:D

    Cameron:D L6: Sharp Member

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    Puh... only 2tb.... Still another 5 before my hosting hits the limit ;)

    I should donate.... $3/month is like nothing
     
  16. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    I'll try and donate soon. I really like this site.
     
  17. Firest0rm

    Firest0rm L4: Comfortable Member

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    those don't work too well when non-donaters (or at least me) can see the 1st sentence or so through the front page (usually proclaiming that it's a fake) :rolleyes:
     
  18. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Yeah, DP loves us more than we shall ever know:) On a related note, I've been pondering an idea. Our active member count averages 1,000 these days. If everybody contributed $1, we'd be set for a year. And if everybody bought a 12-month subscription at $1/month, we'd be set for several years, lol. Even accounting for those who don't use the community enough to contribute, or honestly can't chip in for whatever reason, that still leaves a huge number of people with disposable income of $1 or more.

    We did once before, kinda last minute notice. But what would happen if we hyped this deal and made it a huge event? Assuming that everybody who has ever heard of TF2M knows about it well in advance; I think that a couple hundred $1 deposits is a very conservative estimate. Perhaps 50 or so pony up $12 for the year. You (community) could add to this by offering ideas for new vip stuff ;) Every single penny is (and always has been) reinvested into the community in the form of prizes, events, and expenses of course.

    The real hurdle here is that the plan requires a community gathering of unparalleled magnitude. I think we'd have to add some big additions to the vip benefits in order to garner enough people for this to be practical. But even a 1 month buy would bring an extra $1000, and we do could do some very fun stuff w/ that :D What do you all think? (yay for Communism?)

    Edit: Anyone who makes a Highlander Gathering reference gets the ban stick :p
     
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  19. gamemaster1996

    gamemaster1996 L13: Stunning Member

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    I'll donate as soon as a i make a paypal.
     
  20. Flame

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    Host a custom maps tournament at some point

    get your comp maps tested, get teams to pay a small league fee, and give em monetary prizes depending on how much money the entrance fee is.

    youll make a profit, get more feedback, and help out the competitive community.

    id be willing to help. it couldnt be soon but maybe around summertime
     
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