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This is a hard topic for me to talk about, but I must, so here we go:

Prior to Oct. 2016, Stars! AutoHost was a free hobby that I could run and enjoy providing hosting to the Stars! Community. The donations I received for serial numbers, I used as needed for EBay purchases, computer games, etc, and sometimes for things my children needed. Every two years, I paid for the renewal of the 'starsautohost.org' domain name and its proxy registration (around $42). Sometimes the PayPal account had enough to handle it, sometimes not.

Now that I have to pay to have Stars! AutoHost hosted, my wife has made it very clear that I cannot pay out of our funds (our family's money) to run SAH and that if the players want it to continue to run, they will have to support it.

Because of this, I will create a separate PayPal account that my family can use for all non-SAH stuff and I will no longer use SAH PayPal donation funds for non-SAH purchases so they can be kept separate.

Here are the finances needed to keep SAH running:
$6.99 / month for hosting (requires a VPS, root access, ability to install any software)
$44 / every 2 years (it seems to go up between $0.50 and $2 every two years) for domain name and proxy registration.

That works out to $211.76 / 2years, or $8.82/month.

Currently there is a $14.90 credit in the SAH PayPal account, and the current 3-month SAH hosting contract expires mid December, 2016. Renewal of the hosting plan can be done a month at a time if needed.

For people that don't know the amount in fees that PayPal charges, here are a few examples from several donations in the last month: $6 donated to SAH means $5.47 or $5.53 (depends on if currency exchange was done or not) in the SAH PayPal account. A $2 donation means $1.64. For any donations under $2, the fee takes a larger chunk out of the donation.

If you make a donation to support Stars! AutoHost, but don't need/want serial numbers, email me after the donation is made. Otherwise, I'll send you serial number(s) like I used to for donations.

I've enjoyed running Stars! AutoHost over the past 19.5 years, keeping Stars! alive, and I hope I can continue to do so.

Edit: see this topic for current status


[Updated on: Wed, 12 October 2016 11:57]




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