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rgejman
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There's always been a donate link in the sidebar... I'm just not sure ~150 regular users will be enough to cover the costs. I'll investigate further...

Or you can send me money via Venmo (ron.gejman.com) if you don't want to support PayPal
kalin
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Would these suggestions help the performance?

1. Turn off all comics that no one is following. It'd be really spiffy to do it automatically when the last person cancels it, but a yearly script is probably much easier.

2. Delete all users who aren't following any comics. They're probably all spammers, anyway.

Speaking of spammers, how about not letting them post if they aren't following any comics? Give the error message "Only users of the site are permitted to post to the forums."
corruption
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About spammers; when I was first dealing with one, I noticed that there is no way to delete your account when you want to leave.

How about making it so that any account which has not been accessed in a year as dormant, at the least. If they are the only ones following some comics, then kalin's first suggestion could apply
Syzgyn
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The cost of running on heroku doesn't have anything to do with the number of comics or users, or even bandwidth (I believe). Instead, it's just general hosting costs.
dyinshadows
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I'm sure between 150 of us, we could manage to come up with $15-20 a month.
rgejman
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Ok folks, the cut-off date is approximately February 15th. My schedule is jam packed but I am hoping to get the new version finished ASAP... Can anyone else lend a hand to upgrading the Rails app? As a side bonus you can implement any features you've been dying to have...
finalfunk
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Donated! I hope this helps out.

Perhaps you could add a simple progress bar to the 'my comics' page that shows how many donations you need to pay server + maintenance fees each given month? See if donations keep up with the price.

The service Comic Nation provides is worth at least $10 per month to me, so if that donation is enough to pay half of the server fee for everyone to benefit, then I'm in.
Daszard
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Though it appears a spiffier graphic may be in order - there is already a donate link on the left side, between Help and Contact Us.
minkrose
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I just donated $20 using the link in the sidebar, would be happy to pay for a monthly subscription of some amount if that'll help. Thanks for keeping this going!
rgejman
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Hey guys,

So I am just a few days away from being ready to switch us over to Heroku. The monthly cost of Heroku is going to depend in part on how many comics we have to check for updates. It would be a great help to me if the admins could make an effort to identify and turn off comics that are dead or no longer updating. If anyone is not currently an admin and wants to help with this just let me know.

Thanks!
rgejman
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And thank you for the donations--it's really great to see the community rallying to support this site
rgejman
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Let me know if you see any bugs (database is a bit old but should be enough to see if there are any glaring bugs):

http://comicnation.herokuapp.com/
kalin
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Dreamless and Shadowgirls can be turned off.

On the new site, clicking a comic opens it in the current tab, instead of a new tab. When you click a Subscribe link, there is no feedback that anything happened (it works, it just looks like nothing happened).
corruption
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Fixed those 2. The problem you mentioned is one from this current site that probably just carried over.

One way to save on the number of comics checked is to only check the comics that that are marked as updating and subscribed to.

Also, I noticed that there is no way to cancel being part of CN. This means old accounts are still active, even after people move on.

In that matter, I think we can say that if someone hasn't been on this site for over 2 years, it's a safe bet that won't be back, and not to bother counting their subscription list.
rgejman
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Problem solved--no need to trim the comics list anymore! Figured out a way to background tasks in the web process using Unicorn.
rgejman
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Keep the bug reports coming--I want to switch over by mid-week if possible...
corruption
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Just checked adding comments to a threat, quoting, editing and deleting them. All seem fine on that front. Also tested created a thread and deleting it. Did not try making it sticky or put up in the Rant section.
corruption
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Just tried to activate a comic. I noticed that I can't test the comic to get it active or to see if what I do works.
eekee
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Good progress! Buut I have a problem. Redirecting no longer works in a couple of simple web browsers I like to use. Looking at the html, I also don't believe it will work for anyone who disables javascript.

I can't add javascript to these browsers even though I have commit access to them, it's a leetle bit too much work for me. Also, some people are not allowed to enable javascript at work. Could we have a proper refresh header please? Or even a meta refresh tag, I can't see how that can be any more evil than a javascript refresh.
rgejman
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Meta-redirect fixed.
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