[IMPORTANT]Shutting Down Of FreeVPS Directory & Discussion!
#31
Since this might be the last time I get to say this, I would like to thank the FreeVPS Community & Staff for everything they did,
while I have moved on from FreeVPS, I'll never forget this site.

So, thank you. For everything.
#32
The community doesn't have to shut down. We can just create new a forum and migrate stuff if they are needed. You can just transfer user profile etc. and that will be fine.

I think the community and sponsors will be back if we can try to make the forum more a fun place instead of a chore to get a post count.
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@Goldengate

The community has already buggered off since the announcement and we haven't even closed yet. The post count was the one thing that kept this place somewhat alive. Besides, you can't just migrate a massive database from a heavily customized MyBB install to a new forum and expect it to work properly. It already have massive technical issues as is.

Read Monad's post on the previous page. It'll explain it all.
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#34
@FlamesRunner
Nevil was his original one? He had so many that I lost count hahaha.

(One of them is kokakikidotai or something iirc)
#35
Well, now it seems closed, but I still hit this address on the address bar.
I politely reject the ideas of quality is more important than activity. By seeing some early complaints from other users of the forum regarding their posts being removed which were increasing while the activity was decreasing I feel that both are important. I hope you noted bold texts, there is a relationship on those things. Think about staff keeps deleting posts from an user and his feeling may be what I should post? Then he will leave the forum being discouraged. People here posting Alexa graphs which is not based on the quality of posts, but it is based on the activity and quantity of visitors. And I believe staff and users should have good communication. Recently freevps.us staff lack it, I believe in activity and not in 100% quality.
(2018-05-05, 12:19:20 am)coreyman Wrote:  I have to agree with you ignis and I posted about this just a bit ago on post4vps. https://post4vps.com/thread-59-post-18925.html#pid18925

Over at http://freevps.club we've noticed the lack of member involvement in this niche since early 2017. The members are what lead to the death of freevps, not the staff. The staff here worked hard. You guys worked too hard, and a good majority of your members took advantage of your kindness.

Seems both forums face the issue , I hope a reflection and change in the attitude. I am not blaming the staff, but you can not say a user who is with less knowledge to post a HQ post, he may do it after he gets involved with forum activities. It may take time.

(2018-05-02, 6:47:40 am)Ignis Wrote:  @LittleMaster

rule / policy changes would only make the activity feel more forced... and trust me, what little activity we have, even from the members who make high quality posts, feels rather forced these days.

I was not saying about adding more rules that obstruct posting, rather was saying about more encouragement to the people who actively posting and by allowing more freedom in rules.
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(2018-05-05, 8:19:12 pm)supertanno Wrote:  @Goldengate

The community has already buggered off since the announcement and we haven't even closed yet. The post count was the one thing that kept this place somewhat alive. Besides, you can't just migrate a massive database from a heavily customized MyBB install to a new forum and expect it to work properly. It already have massive technical issues as is.

Read Monad's post on the previous page. It'll explain it all.

People who left can open a new forum account. FreeVPS does not have to migrate everyone's data in the past 8 years. The forum can have more ads placed. The forum would still run fine even if it had 10 VPSs. People who are currently active can contribute to the community by posting and creating threads etc. on the forum.

We don't need fancy 4GB VPSs to run a community, even 512MB or so would work fine.

This site has a page rank of 2 and has many visits. This site can have more ads placed.

New staff should be hired and a new forum should be made.

This is my advice.
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(2018-05-05, 8:56:08 pm)Goldengate Wrote:  People who left can open a new forum account. FreeVPS does not have to migrate everyone's data in the past 8 years. The forum can have more ads placed. The forum would still run fine even if it had 10 VPSs. People who are currently active can contribute to the community by posting and creating threads etc. on the forum.

We don't need fancy 4GB VPSs to run a community, even 512MB or so would work fine.

This site has a page rank of 2 and has many visits. This site can have more ads placed.

New staff should be hired and a new forum should be made.

This is my advice.

I wish that we could do this, I would be happy to help in such a project... but alas I think that the staff have made up their mind (not that I blame them)
#38
(2018-05-05, 9:12:26 pm)StellarVM Wrote:  I wish that we could do this, I would be happy to help in such a project... but alas I think that the staff have made up their mind (not that I blame them)

The new forum doesn't have to be run with the current staff. New forum can be opened and new staff can be hired, people who want to work on the new forum can sign up (threads that contain personal information can be deleted beforehand). We already have the current VPS stock, we just need to get a new forum so we can implement the new forum design that everyone has been asking for. Sponsors will eventually come to the forum and new people will start signing up. Threads get a lot of views, if we put ads on every thread, the site would get a lot of money to support VPSs.

We can copy/paste important threads, that shouldn't be a problem. Information on the internet is recycled anyways.

I know staff don't get paid etc and all money is used on server resources and the current staff is tired off experimenting with forum design etc. but we don't have to put a lot of hard work migrating everything if we just start with a new forum. We already have the community, a good amount of sponsors and VPSs and a page rank of 2 that guarantees us to get a lot of ad revenue. Why shut down FreeVPS?
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#39
So, this is it "The End". I didn't want to see FreeVPS end this way. I must say this is one of the most professional free forums I have seen so far. But everything comes to an end, so it's how we are prepared for. I hope FreeVPS still continues in its way.
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(2018-05-05, 10:23:02 pm)Goldengate Wrote:  The new forum doesn't have to be run with the current staff. New forum can be opened and new staff can be hired, people who want to work on the new forum can sign up (threads that contain personal information can be deleted beforehand). We already have the current VPS stock, we just need to get a new forum so we can implement the new forum design that everyone has been asking for. Sponsors will eventually come to the forum and new people will start signing up. Threads get a lot of views, if we put ads on every thread, the site would get a lot of money to support VPSs.

If you thought our post quality standards were high (they weren't), you'd love our staff standards. When cw1998 left, we had a massive hole to fill in the staff lineup and we had a lot of trouble finding good replacements. We actually had so much trouble that we had to push one or two users that we actually wanted as staff to apply. There really aren't a lot of people on this forum who'd do a good job as staff.

(2018-05-05, 10:23:02 pm)Goldengate Wrote:  We can copy/paste important threads, that shouldn't be a problem. Information on the internet is recycled anyways.

Sure, I'll give you that.

(2018-05-05, 10:23:02 pm)Goldengate Wrote:  I know staff don't get paid etc and all money is used on server resources and the current staff is tired off experimenting with forum design etc. but we don't have to put a lot of hard work migrating everything if we just start with a new forum. We already have the community, a good amount of sponsors and VPSs and a page rank of 2 that guarantees us to get a lot of ad revenue. Why shut down FreeVPS?

You keep talking about ad revenue, but that was never the issue. Bear in mind, FreeVPS is not in a bad financial position, and has never been. The reason we decided to stop using ads and instead use our own money was because the ad revenue royally screwed up taxes for the beneficiary of the ad revenue, and would've screwed up taxes for any staff members that could've taken over. If you were to start on the whole ad revenue thing, your tax bill would face the same fate. Trust me, that's not a fate you want.



Now to address some general concerns. With all due respect to our members, we have analytics, graphs, and statistics on our end. We did not take this decision lightly nor were we in any way uninformed. We evaluated the available options (including rebooting with new staff) and decided that we'd rather see the site go out on top and its legacy preserved than watch it kicked around like a dead horse.

There are those who feel that we should've listened more to our members, for example by setting up a taskforce consisting of members who would promote us with other hosts, but if you want a good reason why we didn't do that, just look at how ridiculously toxic and full of hypocrisy both this thread and the thread on Post4VPS.com have become. @coreyman hit the nail on the head with his post here. 

The quality standards on this forum are not too high. They haven't changed a bit since this forum was first founded and it certainly didn't impact the activity back then. We've relied on several clear guidelines. Every single one of these is either pinned on the forum or linked in the rules, which can be accessed from any page on this forum. On any website, if you sign up, you're expected to know what you're signing up for. FreeVPS is no exception to this, and has never been.

I'd like to close off with a quote from our former staff member @KitKat, who nailed this forum's philosophy more than 6 years ago:

(2012-01-20, 12:38:06 am)KitKat Wrote:  FreeVPS was set up to reward those who contributed to the community with quality content.

With this community spirit in mind, by posting monosyllabic responses to threads, you're not exactly helping the OP or anyone for that matter.
This has been attempted to be mitigated to an extent by introducing the points system, however in reality, the onus is on you to ensure your posts are relevant, informative, or at least humorous within context (:
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