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One More Try
Sally
Posted by Sally
11/26/13 - 09:48PM
The mods have persuaded me to give this one more try. The site costs $130 a month to run. We’re going to start doing donation drives. Over the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see changes coming to Lunaescence.

What’s in store
  • To encourage donations, donators will:

    • Be placed in a special “Donor” user group and icon indicating the person has contributed to the site.

    • Donors will also receive priority validation status -- both stories AND author validation. It won’t guarantee you’ll get validated, but it will place you automatically at the top.

    • We’re exploring the idea of T-shirts, bracelets and other apparel as Thank You Gifts



  • Soon those blocking ads will see new messages asking them to please enable them or consider donating.

  • On logging in, users will see a notice regarding current funding levels. These notices will also be available in several places around the site.



Regarding Hosting
In the beginning, Lunaescence used to only cost $25 every three months.

However, it grew to the point it had to keep moving to new servers because we used too many resources. I’m not entirely talking about bandwidth or actual storage space, but computing cycles / power. It takes a powerful system to run this website. Even taming the database queries and taking steps to install a caching system, the site still talks to the database many thousands of times to serve up stories, reviews, and everything else. We went from a tiny site with maybe 100 users to over 10,000 unique visitors a DAY visiting the site. As we hit that 10,000 people / day mark, we faced repeated hardware failures. To resolve those issues, we had to move and our costs jumped from $40 every three months to $130 each month.

Sure, we could go back to using a $10 a month server. But that would mean we’d basically only be open for maybe the first week or two weeks of every month. (That’s about what we were averaging before we’d overwhelm the system and crash the entire web server before we moved.)

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. If your email address you used with paypal is the same one you have signed up with your account, you'll notice the changes automatically. Moving forward, please note the account you wish to have Donor status applied to.

Thanks again

 

Comments
my heart feels so much lighter. thank you for giving this a second chance. let's all please work together to keep Luna up and running. i know i would absolutely hate to see this place go. thanks again. <3
- Bluewaters on 11/26/13 - 09:57PM
Thank you, Sally. The extends you go through to keep this site alive are much appreciated. You are very kind :)
- unbright on 11/26/13 - 10:00PM
I've been an anonymous lurker for a while, and didn't realize that this site was going through so many difficulties. Since it's going to hopefully continue, I've registered for an account, and will donate as soon as i can. I also didn't realize that it had ads, so I have unblocked them as well. :)
- Serralina on 11/26/13 - 10:30PM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We will not let you down!
- rubberducky1 on 11/26/13 - 11:15PM
Yay! This is fantastic news. Thank you, Sally!
- Cake on 11/26/13 - 11:26PM
Thank you for this chance. I hope 20 was a good enough donation. I'm sorry we made things difficult for you.

Thank you so much
- ReinAbel on 11/26/13 - 11:51PM
Thank you for this chance and for the fantastic news, Sally!
- burywrekgemysoul on 11/26/13 - 11:52PM
I'm so glad that you decided to see the site up and running, Sally! I will be happy to be part of the donating process for as long as I can manage. We all really appreciate you agreeing to continue and thank you to the mods for helping Sally to keep the site running as well.
- Vally on 11/26/13 - 11:53PM
This is wonderful news to hear! I'm sure everyone else shares the mutual feelings of relief and joy to know that Luna now has a chance to continue on. I'll be sure to make contributions when I'm able to do so. Thank you so much for giving us this chance, Sally. You're too precious for words.
- Honey and Milk on 11/27/13 - 12:29AM
I am so happy, Sally. So, so happy! I swear as soon as I get paid on the 15th of December I AM DONATING. I will even make mine reoccurring if Paypal still allows that, because I don't want Luna to ever go away!!! Thank you for giving us another chance. (: I love this site so much, and I'm so happy that my home gets to stay around!!
- KarenaWilliams on 11/27/13 - 01:10AM
I am SO excited! I believe I get paid this week and I will donate what I can!
- RemDeRosier on 11/27/13 - 02:07AM
I was so happy when I saw this! I've been so sad about Luna since I saw the last announcement...I'll be donating as soon as I have the money, and I'll try to donate whenever I can! Thank you so much, Sally! I'm so happy that we have another chance.
- xoEmmaxo on 11/27/13 - 02:26AM
Thank you SO very very much! ♥
- Anarnee on 11/27/13 - 03:42AM
Rejoice! Now it's time for all to help and do their part in letting the site "live" on! :D
- Sky-hime on 11/27/13 - 04:41AM
I'm so grateful and happy we're getting this chance. I was just about to donate when PayPal decided to not be my friend anymore and limit my account. I took all measures necessary to reverse it, but it will most likely take another 48 hours or so before I can do anything with it. But then, I shall finish what I have started! :3
- coffeerepublic on 11/27/13 - 05:23AM
Sally, thank-you so much for another chance! I donated, and I'll definitely be contributing more soon. ;u;
- ElleBelle on 11/27/13 - 10:37AM
Thank you! I'll donate and I know others will!
- Yukichan on 11/27/13 - 11:03AM
I just wanted you to know, Sally, that I donated $5 because that's all I can afford for now, but I will be donating again on December 15th, and setting it up to be reoccurring. (: I hope that helps!!
- KarenaWilliams on 11/27/13 - 01:18PM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
This made my day!
- CloudySky on 11/27/13 - 01:46PM
Aw yes! Luna is back up and running! Put my $20 to good use! <3 I'm so happy I was part of this!
- OnyxbirdGrace on 11/27/13 - 02:17PM
ahhhh so glad this'll still be running with all our help and power <3 I wish I could donate, but I'd love to give out my handmade charms or plushies as thank you gifts in order to contribute! <33
- jascarly123zo on 11/27/13 - 04:00PM
I'm so happy to hear that you've decided to give this another try! I know it's difficult having to run this website when the costs are only going to go up as the site becomes more well-known as a quality FF community, but I know that many of the users are willing to lend a hand and help you out! I would do so personally, but I have no source of income! Once I do find a job, I'll be one of the regular donors, you'll be sure of that! :) I hope this works, and that Luna's around for a long, long time! xx
- Dolente on 11/27/13 - 09:12PM
I've set up my donation to be recurring, as I'm not unblocking the ads. I've been a member for a long time and I've grown very fond of this site and it's content. I am very grateful that you've decided to keep this site open! I hope we cause no more inconveniences for you!
- RosieHedgehog on 11/27/13 - 11:27PM
Ah, thank you, Sally! I said I would donate, and I definitely will. My antivirus updated automatically, which I didn't expect, but as soon as I get my next paycheck, I'll make sure to do my part. Thanks again!
- Straw on 11/28/13 - 01:46PM
I will be donating soon! Right now I want to finish off my christmas gifts for friends and family, but as soon as I know where my money stands I will be sending some your way. :) Hopefully I can foot around 20-30$.
- Rei on 11/28/13 - 03:38PM
Hoping to donate in the next week if not in a few day. I would most definitely love to buy some bracelets or other things if you end up selling them.

Glad to know that Luna is getting another chance.
- Marshmallow-Chan on 11/28/13 - 04:45PM
My heart just exploded to unicorns and rainbows and I'm buzzing with happiness. Thank you so much! I will donate right away! :D ♥ ♥ ♥
- Anrui no Ketsueki on 11/28/13 - 04:57PM
I just donated $18 ♥
- Anrui no Ketsueki on 11/28/13 - 05:00PM
If I could I would definitely donate. Hopefully I find some hidden money somewhere. I love this site so much.
- SimplyPassionate on 11/28/13 - 11:32PM
thank you!
- Ryou-ku on 11/29/13 - 12:58AM
Oh thank goodness <3 I donated earlier this month hoping the site would make it, and I plan on donating every month from now on. I've been here for five years, and I don't know what I'd do without Luna.
- ihatesasuke889 on 11/29/13 - 01:08AM
Sally, you are the absolute best. :D I really hope this works out and seeing as how so many people were jumping at the idea of donating when they found out just how bad off the site was, it seems like we may have a chance.

This news helps perk me up on a pretty shitty day.

- Tsula on 11/29/13 - 10:03AM
I'd love to see a meter somewhere on the site so we can see where we stand with funding.

This just made my season!
- Fyre on 11/29/13 - 10:43AM
Thank you so so SO much for giving us another chance, Sally! We definitely won't let you down! Sorry if we seemed pushy, but once we all know a problem I know we'll rally together *heart* I'll donate a big amount at the start then I'll try donating $10 a month. If I see the site is starting to dip below again then I'll donate more.

Speaking of, I just logged in and I didn't see the funding amount or whatever. Is that in effect yet or does it still need to be programmed? Is there a place we can just go click to see or is it just on the log in? Because sometimes I stayed logged in but I'd like to see the levels whenever I need to, if possible ^^; Sorry if this is making it difficult! D:
- SacredTear on 11/29/13 - 12:18PM
Just donated $25! :) Glad to see that you're going to be giving this one more chance! As others have said, if there's a bar that indicates progress towards every month's bill, that would be helpful.
- abnormal on 11/29/13 - 01:41PM
I cannot find words to explain how glad I am that the site is not going down! I really would just like to take a moment and really thank you for everything that you're doing to keep the site alive, Sally! :)
- Joule Thief on 11/29/13 - 09:46PM
I myself am in a bit of a bind. If things go well for me, I may be able to donate half of the site's expenses per month. Don't hold your breath, but that is my hope. I would hate to see Lunaescence go under...
- Inamorata on 11/30/13 - 08:54AM
I'm so relieved to hear that Luna is staying open and that so many people are donating! However, it upsets me to say that I don't have a job. If I manage to get ahold of some money, though, you can bet your bottom dollar it's going here! Thank you so much, Sally and the mod team :D
- DesolateBanshee on 11/30/13 - 09:58AM
I have donated, not on the e-mail address provided; however, I think having the archive up and running is more than enough of a thank you gift. Fret not over the thanks. :)
- Seigi on 12/01/13 - 08:19PM
Can someone help me know the steps to process how to donate please. I wanna donate =D
- InaSaoriNeko on 12/03/13 - 12:08PM
Ahhh, I'm really happy to see this! ;u; Lemme just remove Adblock for this *u* I shall do my best to help out! Thank you so much for giving this one more chance <3
- Riceball on 12/03/13 - 05:55PM
So glad you guys are back. I set up a reoccurring payment to help prevent this from happening again. After all if I shell out monthly for Netflix and Chrunyroll I can certainly shell out for you guys. :3 Also, I REALLY want a t-shirt or ball cap. A babydoll cut t-shirt would be preferred if you have the option cause I'm vain like that.
- Crimsoncat on 01/03/14 - 04:41AM
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