Anyone heard from Jason recently? The reason I'm asking is that it seemingly is way past time for the Annual PCQandA Fundraiser.
I don't want to be surprised some morning, when without warning, the Forum is gone due to non-payment.
It seems possible that the Forum will end soon anyway based on lack of participation and an insufficient number of active members willing to ante up the dollars necessary to continue. If so. I'd rather find out in advance rather than be surprised some early morning.
It may be that there is still enough money to keep the website going. Over the past few years Jason has made changes to the hosting that reduce the cost to keep PCQ&A going so the proceeds from a fund raiser last longer. I do agree with you on the dwindling participation and difficulty in meeting fund raiser goals.
Behind every good computer... is a jumble of wires 'n stuff.
I don't really participate here much myself and my history 10+ (or more like 20? I feel old) years ago may not be the most fond for the old timers here, but if it really comes to a point where it has to be closed down I'd be more than willing to host it on my web server, I don't imagine it gets too much traffic now days? Just throwing the offer out there if it comes to a point where Jason can't host it anymore.
#5. "RE: Where's Jason?" In response to KJT (Reply # 0) Mon Nov-25-19 01:23 AM by Red Squirrel
I'd need to find out more specifics from Jason such as what the setup is like and the type of load the server sees, but I'm thinking it would probably not be too big of a hit. I pay under $100/mo for my current server and I would not expect much funds if any to be honest. It hosts a lot of my own personal sites and services including uogateway.com which has a donation link that people contribute to at times. So anyone would be welcome to go through there if they want to help pay server costs. That site is probably what hits the server the hardest because of the polling application.
But we'll see what Jason says about the current situation before jumping the gun. Of course everyone would need to be comfortable with that move as well, I don't want to pull the rug under anyone.
What is important is that the forum have knowledgeable moderators who respond in a timely manner. So far, that is the case. If we lose that, we have to go elsewhere for answers. I would like to be able to give answers but despite my years at this, am not at that level. Regards to all!
QUOTE: What is important is that the forum have knowledgeable moderators who respond in a timely manner. So far, that is the case. If we lose that, we have to go elsewhere for answers. I would like to be able to give answers but despite my years at this, am not at that level. Regards to all!
What is important is that the person that "owns" PCQandA, and who conducts what used to be annual fundraisers, and who pays the bills is alive and well and around once in a while to prove it.
Recently I saw a site online that indicated that PCQandA was paid up until September of this year. I can 't confirm that but will be exceedingly pleased if the formum stays open well past that time.
Active participation, both by moderators and knowledgeable members, has sadly declined to the point that the end of the forum seems inevitable. If I were you, I'd keep coming here for answers but also start looking for comfortable alternatives. Another option would be to master search skills on Google, or other search site. Many of the easier answers can be located there. More technically difficult questions need forums with knowledgeable people with actual hands-on experience.
A person born back when pcnineoneone/pcqanda started would be of drinking age today. That's a pretty good run for any computer help site. Maybe that's all that can be expected given the changes that have occurred during that time.