On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, isaac wrote: > > > Since no one else really ran with it, or offered other suggestions, I've > > got some stuff together to help raise some money for evolt, > > specifically to help alleviate the hosting costs. > > Any further thoughts on the 'charging for MEO accounts' issue? Based on > calculations, that would cover the bandwidth bill, right? i don't know how well charging people a monthly/yearly fee for m.e.o accounts would work out, now that i've had some time to look at the details. couple reasons why: when people actually pay for something, they expect to have it work, period. when its a free thing, it's ok if it goes down once in a while, but when people are paying, they're less likely to put up with that shit. along with that hosting service, they're going to want other features, like DNS, ssh(maybe) access, subdomains, a way to control it all, etc. most of which we don't provide. someone(seb i think) suggested subdomains or something, but the problem with that is evolt doesn't have its own DNS servers. opening it up to people who'll pay will get a lot of new people. which is good. except, as i mentioned last week i think, the m.e.o machine is starting to push it's limits with 1000 or so people using it now. paid hosting is what my company does, and although i haven't brought it up officially yet, i have a sneaking suspicion that they may look down upon a site they're cutting a deal to taking away potential customers. its just a suspicion, but thats what i think the deal would be sadly :( those are just some of the things that i'm a bit worried about with *paid* hosting. as lachlan mentioned, i think we should try to get people to donate for their m.e.o accounts instead of actually paying for them. anywho..