Changes regarding financing DO NOT PANIC (Read 44792 times)

Started by Iced, April 01, 2014, 02:40:25 pm
Changes regarding financing DO NOT PANIC
#1  April 01, 2014, 02:40:25 pm
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Hello faithful MUGEN Fighters Guild users, we have a couple of announcements to make.

It recently came to our attention over the past year that server costs were becoming exceedingly high. It has gotten to the point where we are unsure whether or not MFG will be able to sustain itself into 2015. After conferring with Valodim on the best course of action we came up with several suggestions on how to best mitigate the issue, and it came down to a choice between shouldering the burden through user donations or turning to paid sponsorship. In a decision decided by just one vote, we decided the latter would allow us room to breathe without it having to be at the expense of the users.

In the spirit of MUGEN's fighting game roots, we are introducing targeted advertisement content from a variety of sponsors whom we have agreed to allow ad space in exchange for valuable funds that should sustain for the next 3-5 years. We will have a team of bots who will periodically advertise hot new products and offers from any of the following:

    SteelSeries North America
    Winamax Poker
    Razer USA Ltd
    Cooler Master Co.
    Dell Inc.
    Kingston Technology Co.
    X2 Products
    Hori USA Inc.
-And more.

These bots are owned and operated by an outside service but will be maintained by Valodim. Their method of action will be to post contextual posts in threads related to the services they are offering, doing so in a manner that is seamless.

In addition, you can expect that in the coming weeks we will be reformatting the board to fit Guild's changes. In conjunction with the marketing consultant Val talked to we want to set up advertisements in the header, footer and sidebars of the website. This will be implemented over the next few weeks. Please do your part and contribute valuable clicks so we can keep the servers alive. The more clicks they get, the more benefit. In the interim, we've decided to plug up some advertisement content in our news sections for you to browse and look at.

With the advent of advertisement we will have to respectfully ask that any use of adblock programs be stopped immediately. We've managed to get in touch with Eventhubs staff regarding their business model on adblock and hope we can soon implement a "subscriber" feature that will removed advertisements without sacrificing valuable revenue. In the meantime, Valodim will be implementing some adblock scripts to ensure everyones stays honest.

Valodim will be our main liason in this exciting new step forward in Guild. While we know it may be a jarring change for many we feel that your continued support over the years will win out and you will be accommodating. Remember, any questions can always be directed to the feedback board. Thanks for your time.
Re: Changes regarding financing DO NOT PANIC
#2  April 02, 2014, 04:43:57 am
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Quick update to everyone: Adbot1 had to be shut down due to faulty programming. Please report any faulty bot behavior in Feedback if possible.
Re: Changes regarding financing DO NOT PANIC
#3  April 02, 2014, 06:09:26 am
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Alright, due to some very severe errors with the Ad(min)Bot programming, we've been forced to deactivate them all, for an indefinite amount of time.

We hope to resolve these issues promptly so we can bring you the proper amount of quality advertising and also so we don't lose this wonderful site because of server costs!
Re: Changes regarding financing DO NOT PANIC
#4  April 03, 2014, 08:19:17 am
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Unstickying, where should this go? HOF? All That's Left? The void? I dunno I have to go to sleep peace