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Following on from the discussions regarding the 'suspended account' thread. here is a more detailed account of the reasoning behind why we need/rely on your donations.

As many of you know, these forums were set up over 25 years ago by a fan of DALLAS. It had a very basic start with a discussion surrounding DALLAS which evolved over the years and became what it is today. The site has no means of earning money and is advertising-free. We have looked into adding advertising, but the traffic is very small and wouldn't generate enough income to cover the monthly costs. We have survived many years from donations, however, the main income has come from the owner, who no longer visits the site. We have had help from members over the years, but that has dwindled down and we understand that the cost of living increase has had an effect on everyone so we understand why members have had to stop donating.


The bill comes due every month, but the company does not send the owner any notice when the site goes down due to non-payment. This latest outage lasted longer because there was not enough funds in the account to immediately cover the bill. We had no idea that he always paid the difference (whatever amount that had not come from donations) and agreed that it was not fair to him that he pay for a service he actually no longer uses. It is up to us, the members who benefit most from the site's existence, to foot the bills for its operation.


If members could donate the price of a cup of coffee once a month (£4) we should be okay to keep the site going for as long as they keep coming. If we end up receiving more than we need, then we will come back and let everyone know and maybe we can change it to £3 a month, or even £1, depending on how many members can help out.

If possible, this needs to be a monthly contribution and if we receive that we can set up an automatic payment that does not need the owner to manually make each monthly payment.

We have had some great donations in the past few days and a huge thank you is coming your way.

Any surplus money, in the beginning, would go towards an upgrade and other maintenance issues.

We have looked for cheaper alternatives, but would struggle to transfer everything over and the cheaper hosting costs would mean we have to trim down this forum and cut out threads with heavy attachments, images, videos and such.

We hope we have covered everything, however, if you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them.

Thank you in advance and long may the forums flourish.
 

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The bill comes due every month, but the company does not send the owner any notice when the site goes down due to non-payment.

How much does it cost every month to pay for the space to run this site?
 

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Yeah, this should be handeled openly with the facts/numbers on the table.
How much is it each month ... and with updated overview of how much do we have already and what is still missing.
That info could be even extracted daily by a script, so no extra effort needed.
 

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How much does it cost every month to pay for the space to run this site?

The hosting site charges are £25 monthly. Our licence is out of date and that is a cost of £160. I don't know how long that lasts, I always assumed it was over 3 years. The site needs an update, but I haven't been able to find that cost out yet. We were surviving on the £25 monthly cost thanks to one person. We have been having some issues with things not working as they should be and I keep getting the message that we need to upgrade.


I need to clarify a couple of things and hopefully get any further costs out as soon as.
 

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Wow, life is more expensive in the United Kingdom in Spain a coffee costs 1.60 euros 1.37 pounds
Life is very expensive and if we gave 2 pounds a month.
If we organize it like you tube, those who donate monthly could be members and a prize would be given
There are many complaints about the German club, but there you pay €15 a year, £12.87, and members have access to some special content.
On you tube there are bigger donations than superchat. Another prize could be created for them
 

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I just want to check something as regards donating to TellyTalk.

When I clicked the donation button and it brings up paypal on my encrypted browser, it then brings up "Donate to Colin Hunter."

Before I proceed I just want to make sure that despite the name the donations are actually being taken for TellyTalk?

It may be prudent to change the Colin Hunter name to TellyTalk to avoid any confusion. :)
 

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Wow, life is more expensive in the United Kingdom in Spain a coffee costs 1.60 euros 1.37 pounds
It certainly is and a good reason why so many Brits spend their holidays in quite a few countries. As well as the sun and the good people who live there.
 

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When I clicked the donation button and it brings up paypal on my encrypted browser, it then brings up "Donate to Colin Hunter."
Perhaps I should have mentioned this already.

The man behind the forums, the owner, is Colin Hunter. Members going way back will be familiar with Colin. For reasons I do not know or need to know, Colin no longer posts on the forums, and he keeps them going for various reasons such as sentiment and that he’d made good friends. He has always paid for the site and has always been grateful for the help of donations.

As previously discussed Colin can no longer support this on his own and no one can blame him. So if we want to continue we need to club together and help where we can.




Before I proceed I just want to make sure that despite the name the donations are actually being taken for TellyTalk
Yes, absolutely.

It may be prudent to change the Colin Hunter name to TellyTalk to avoid any confusion
Colin has looked into this and discovered he can’t have two accounts with PayPal. He is looking to see if he can get the Telly Talk email address linked to the account.

Please remember, no one is expected to pay anything, but if we want to continue we need to help.

We (the mod team) have suggested the price of a cuppa, we have no idea how many members can help, but know that if there is any surplus it will first be used to help with issues/upgrades and re-licensing. Any extra money and we will come back to the members and suggest trimming down the donations.

No one is trying to con/spam anyone and I can say that I have never had doubts donating, nor have the other mods and member James from London. We can’t mention others because it’s private donations; unless they mention it, it's not fair to comment.

I hope that helps
 

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I just want to check something as regards donating to TellyTalk.

When I clicked the donation button and it brings up paypal on my encrypted browser, it then brings up "Donate to Colin Hunter."

Before I proceed I just want to make sure that despite the name the donations are actually being taken for TellyTalk?

It may be prudent to change the Colin Hunter name to TellyTalk to avoid any confusion. :)
When I entered my Pal Pay account and I wrote the name of Colin Hunter, I got several accounts with the exact name and a different photo
Fortunately, when I entered Pal from the Telly link, I had no problems
I think that putting an award to the members does not imply any violation of privacy
As for those who do not make fixed payments but a donation, another prize could be given but without stating the value of that donation.
 

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No one is trying to con/spam anyone and I can say that I have never had doubts donating, nor have the other mods and member James from London.
Absolutely. For what it's worth, I've met Colin a few times and I can verify he's a very nice (and clearly generous) actual person and not some evil Russian spambot.
 

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Even though it's obvious that this forum is not as busy as it used to be in the heyday of internet forums (the crash didn't really help but I think the main reason is the way internet/social media has evolved) I think it's remarkable that this soap-loving community refuses to die, and every now and then a new member can turn things around like, for example, the Falcon Crest forum which had been dead-ish for quite a few years (if memory serves).
The Dallas Forum is always going to be just fine since it's the very backbone of this website. The (previously) second favourite Dynasty forum is not as buzzing as it used to be but somehow that makes me love this soap even more (if that's humanly possible).

Even if I'd completely lost interest in tellytalk today then I'd still have to consider the many priceless things that have happened to me because of tellytalk/soapchat.
And being the stereotypically opportunistic Dutch person that I am I hope for more things to come. A donation seems like a very small price to pay. Furthermore, let's not forget that many websites require an upgraded (paid-for) account if you want to use them ad-free (not that I would object to ads informing me of newly released DVD volumes of Peyton Place but I'm sure that my other best friends at amazon wouldn't forget me in case that should happen).

I made a donation
Great. But what does the ticking sound mean?
 

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I just donated. I thoroughly enjoy this site/forum and all the work @Ome, @Mel O'Drama, @Daniel Avery and the other staff do to keep this site running. Also a big thank you to Colin Hunter for paying for this site for so many years. The people here are great and I hate to think of the day when this forum no more.
 

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Just made a donation, I didn't have time to do it last week.

I just donated. I thoroughly enjoy this site/forum and all the work @Ome, @Mel O'Drama, @Daniel Avery and the other staff do to keep this site running. Also a big thank you to Colin Hunter for paying for this site for so many years. The people here are great and I hate to think of the day when this forum no more.

That's my sentiments too. I don't want anything to happen to the Forum site.

I already donate to the Gallifrey Base Forum site but that's because it's a Forum resource site dedicated to the BBC's Doctor Who show which is my other favourite show. I love both Dallas and Doctor Who equally so now it's only fair to support TellyTalk too. :)
 
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