Hey all, long time no see. I've been keeping a low profile for a while, confining myself to sitting in the back room of the forum poking things to make sure things keep running for the most part. (Big thanks to the forum mods for running the show!) The reason for me resurfacing is that it's that dreaded time of year- the Man has come knocking on the door asking for his dues. And by that I mean the server bill has come in for the next year. In the formative few years of the forum we ran on a shared hosting service that we quickly expanded too much for and had to make the difficult decision to move to a dedicated VPS hosting service. After a few missteps on figuring out how many resources we needed (especially during the ridiculously heavy loads of things like the Election), we mostly sorted out the needs of the forum... unfortunately, that comes with a hefty price. We set up donations a couple of years ago to help cover the costs and for the most part it has worked, but it's natural that if the topic isn't brought up they dry up. Unfortunately, our hosting service has raised their prices, and that means I need to make the always-horrible request of our members to help pitch in and pay for server costs. I know everyone has different financial situations and times are tough around the world, but if anyone can spare a couple of bucks or yen or pesos or rupiahs to help us out, it'd be super appreciated. You even get a super-sexy "Donor" title under your avatar (as long as I can actually figure out who you are on the forum- Paypal doesn't tell me that info so please write your username in the comment box!). For transparency, the current situation is thus: Server bill: US$748.92 for VPS hosting with a ton of extra RAM and storage for the forum (as I said, the price went up- not happy! Moving isn't really an option right now but will investigate it for next year) Currently in the donation account: ~US$210 (it's in a couple of different currencies) As you can see that's a pretty big gap. In previous years I've usually made up the difference but that's pretty difficult this time, so I'm hoping that anyone who can help out can chip in. The donation link can be found on the right hand side of the forum's home page, the big pink one. Any love is appreciated! Thanks for your time and patronage of Stage48, I know this place has changed a lot of lives over the years so I hope it can keep going strong for many more to come! 19th June update- Our 2016 goal has been hit in less than a week, you guys are awesome!!!