As you all may already know, Ning
, the company whose servers and software power CrimeSpace, has decided to start charging for the service. You can read the previous discussions on this here
, but it all comes down to this: CrimeSpace will continue to run on the Ning Network and I am happy to pay for the service.
In fact, I already have. Looking at the plans available
, the only sensible option was the Ning Plus plan, which is $US199.95 a year. On this plan, I can see only two changes to the way the network runs:
- Users will no longer be able to upload / play music. I always liked this feature, but it would take a fair amount of server space so, fair enough.
- Video uploading is disabled, but embedding still works. I don't think any of us will even notice the difference here as we mostly embed YouTube clips.
Some of you have mentioned that you'd be happy to chip in to run the place and it was suggested that I set up a PayPal donation link. So I did.
If you look at the top of the screen, you will now see a Donate
tab. Roughly speaking, I'd only probably need about 20 people to donate $5 each to break even. Any subsequent donations I'll hold on to for next year.
I'm going to run Google Ads over in the sidebar (previously, these were run by Ning), so I should make about $10 a month based on the times I experimented with running ads myself. Feel free to click on them when the mood hits you. That money will just come back to running CrimeSpace.
We had a great, free run for the last three years and I think it's fair enough to start paying for the service. Plenty of other forums with 2000+ members have to and I think Ning provides a pretty damned good service.
Hopefully you all agree!