Change of plans (Patreon supporters, please read)

4 years ago | Chris Poirier (Moderator)

Hi everyone,

So...funny story.... Yesterday, I went to create servers on AWS, and spent some time doing the exact math on what I needed. Well, turns out my initial estimate was high. Quite a bit high, in fact.

I had promised to go with smaller servers if possible, and, well, it's possible. Turns out, if I check all our RSS feeds even once a day (spread out, of course), the load is actually quite reasonable. So, after checking in with the operator of our current servers, I've decided that we're staying put.

Thanks for everyone who contributed to the Patreon drive. It really means a lot to me that you guys were willing to pitch in. Staying where we are means our monthly hosting costs stay much lower than they would have on AWS, and that I get to spend more time running and developing the site (instead of managing servers). I think that's the best-case scenario. I'm currently paying $5/month for WFG hosting. That might need to increase to $10/month, depending on how the load actually shakes out. I've already removed the two original goals from the Patreon page. Any money already collected will go server costs, as promised. Those of you who pledged: please feel free to reduce or eliminate your pledges, with my thanks. For the time being, they aren't necessary.

As I didn't have to spend the weekend building servers, I've used it instead to work on some of the stated upgrade goals. So far, that includes:

  • Loosening up the criteria for the home page "Featured Updates" section
  • Enabling support for RSS feeds on all listings
  • Reviewing and updating/enabling about 220 of our 420 RSS feeds (I'll do the remaining 200 over the coming week, as it's rather time-consuming work)
  • Assessing what else can be done before rewriting the software

Thanks again to everyone for your support during this process. Server concerns dealt with, I'm looking forward to building some better software for us.

Chris

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  1. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    WOO! YEAH lower than expected costs. still want the higher goals, so my money stays put. maybe higher if i can later.

    Are you adding the ability for the author to change their feed? especially if The Group goes forward in any format, dreamfantastic has kinda lost its purspose, so while I'm restarting my serials, I'm going to be dumping my personal website and going exclusively with the existing hosting platforms out there.

  2. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    You can already change your RSS by resubmitting your listing with the new feed. However, I'm going to completely redo the submission process, to make it easier and to (hopefully) eliminate the need for my review. My plan is to make the RSS feed core to the process.

    And, yeah, I'm going with wordpress.com in future for my stuff—having an existing social network is hard to beat.

  3. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Hi all,

    All RSS feeds have now been reviewed. If your listing isn't showing one or isn't updating correctly, let me know.

    Chris

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