[Theforum] evolt.org revamp comment period open

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon Feb 3 02:25:54 CST 2003

On Sun, 2 Feb 2003, .jeff wrote:

> martin,
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> > It's an integral part of the package, which is
> > essentially:
> > 1) Cut costs where possible
> > 2) Bring in sustainable revenue through an improved meo
> >    as donations aren't cutting it
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> we can't possibly know if #2 is being satisfied if we don't have numbers in
> hand that indicate current expenses meo is creating.

The potential revenue is not at all related to the current level of
usage (except as a function of the number of current meo users who move to
the new service).

It's a simple (number of subscribers) x (monthly fee). Making illustrative
assumptions (both open to discussion at a later point) that
1) Wherever we end up will not be more expensive than 2 boxes at rackshack
   (ie 2 x $100 + taxes)
2) The average monthly income per subscriber is $10
as long as we get > 25 users (and I think 50 is a more sensible target),
then we're long term sustainable, and can even (gasp) put money aside for
future contingency.

To put it more plainly:
New meo revenues - combined with lower cost hosting - are the thing which
will ensure that we never have to worry about paying our way *ever again*.


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