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Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« on: 2014 05 16, 21:24:40 »
Some people have shown interest in donations, and I haven't forgotten about them. But it would be very tedious to set up, because some laws probably apply to it, and finding Danish laws for this specific situation isn't easy. I've found out that some lawyers offer help for free in various places at various times, but only if you meet up, so I should probably ask them some day when I have time.

This is my plan for the principles that the donations would have to run on:

- Donations should be entirely voluntary and not grant any benefits to the individual who donates. Anyone who donates can still be banned the next day if they break the rules badly.
- 100% of donations will go into covering future server costs and/or upgrading it. No donations will be spent on anything other than Blacraft.
- If donations happen, publicly available information will list all donations, the people who donated (although being listed as anonymous would be an option), and the server expenses.
- Discussions and polls on the forum will be the basis for determining how the donations should be spent, but Bla will have the final say, as long as they're spent on Blacraft.
- No-one has the right to a refund (unless there's a way to set that up).
- In case Bla cannot run Blacraft, excess donations should be spent on 'temporary' worlds etc. possibly administered by others from the community who have time, or if possible and desired, be refunded to the donors instead.

I might, with my current economic situation, consider the current monthly cost a base that I pay each month, and then let donations fund any expenses above that. But upgrading after one small donation probably wouldn't be a good idea, because if nobody donates afterwards, one month later I'll stand with a higher expense and probably be forced to downgrade again. An accumulation process would probably have to take place so we don't have to do tedious upgrade/downgrade processes for single months, for example by deciding a community goal like one-year upgrade to 2 GB RAM after hitting x money and then do the upgrade when the goal is reached.

Thanks to people who showed interest in donating, though. With that said I personally find the hardware ok to satisfy the needs atm, but not everyone agree here I know.
« Last Edit: 2014 06 08, 15:39:37 by Bla »

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Re: Blacraft Donations
« Reply #1 on: 2014 05 17, 09:00:33 »
i may be poor but this makes me happy

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Re: Blacraft Donations
« Reply #2 on: 2014 05 17, 13:45:11 »
can i donate with Bitcoin

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Re: Blacraft Donations
« Reply #3 on: 2014 05 17, 14:55:23 »
I don't think Multicraft accepts Bitcoin, kol.

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #4 on: 2014 06 08, 15:52:34 »
My economy appears to be doing fine enough that I wouldn't be afraid of upgrading from Sand to Brick or possibly Stone.
http://www.minecraft4u.com/index-2.html

Brick has 1.5 GB instead of the current 1 GB of RAM. (and 18 player slots instead of 12)

Stone has 2 GB instead of 1 GB. (and 24 player slots)

The player slots aren't the issue, the server would probably run rather badly if it were actually filled. It's more the RAM/performance that matters here. Hopefully lag should be reduced.

I'd like to make the subscription last one year though, as that's cheaper. Do you people think brick would be sufficient for the next year?

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #5 on: 2014 06 08, 16:41:30 »
i think brick is fine

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #6 on: 2014 06 09, 03:47:18 »
i don't feel a burning need for a better server, this one is fine as is, unless we're expecting more players.

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #7 on: 2014 06 14, 19:48:37 »
Throwing this out there... Bmwsu said in chat that Interserver is now actually using DigitalOcean, which has VPS instead of many different instances running on the same server which causes lag.
https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Their pricing seems comparable to our current server if we look at the RAM, but I don't actually know how much bandwidth we're using or about the other things. It doesn't look like it has a Minecraft server control panel either but has a control panel that's more general for pretty much anything, so it might make it harder to manage the server.
I'd probably stick with the brick upgrade for a year and see how it goes.

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #8 on: 2014 06 15, 00:36:39 »
vps? verticle poop syndrome?

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #10 on: 2014 06 30, 16:46:33 »
brick
I am going to eat you like mudkipz, but I should probably kill you first.

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #11 on: 2014 06 30, 16:53:16 »
Server upgraded to 1.5 GB RAM and 18 slots.

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #12 on: 2014 07 01, 16:23:09 »
W [oooooooooppoooooooooooooooopoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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Re: Blacraft Server Upgrades and Donations
« Reply #13 on: 2014 07 06, 01:34:36 »
I'd like to know if people have experienced any changes in the lag? (Especially those who used to have big lag problems)
Has it become better after the upgrade? (Make sure to try comparing times with roughly equal amounts of players on)

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« Reply #14 on: 2014 07 06, 01:42:24 »
i observe fewer of those large lagspikes where the server seems to freeze up for a few seconds. only had one in the past week, and i was playing quite a lot.

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