(Note from MSK in 2013: This was written at the end of 2012, but it is being reused for the end of 2013 instead of starting a brand new thread as the intention is identical from last year to this one. New posts from this year are later down the thread. Don't want to ask, but there it is...)
Gotta do it again - the "D" word
Some of you might have noticed a recent upgrade to the forum software, like when you use the quote function. Also, a few spam accounts have cropped up recently and I have killed them. But for the near future, I don't expect to see many, if any at all.
This is because, even with all my love-hate musings about IPB, it is a top-notch company that does keep our little neck of the woods safe, online, and with updates that keep up with changes in the Internet world. And, from time to time, we get a new bell or whistle...
We use IPB's proprietary software with integrated hosting. This is not the cheapest resource available, but it works well for us. This company uses special encryption with an automatic backup system to ensure our data (like your posts) do not get destroyed or swiped en masse on the server side.
Ever since OL got hacked, I have been a bit gun shy. So I prefer to err on the side of caution. The fact that we have been cruising along all these years with only a few glitches shows that this is a good course.
The current downside is that a duty to bother OL members from time to time has sprung up among the weeds and that sucks. (I shouldn't say it, but it's true.) Because of increased traffic and user access, especially from a large--and growing--audience of lurkers, we have been reclassified into a higher category with a higher cost.
Kat and I do our best to keep this thing running without bothering you, but sometimes, we have to ask.
If you can make a donation (that's what the "D" word is in the title), we would greatly appreciate it. We will keep the forum running even if no one contributes. That's our commitment--to ourselves and to you. Fortunately, we do get some sporadic donations and some small amounts from ads. These have helped enormously, but things are what they are.
I believe we have all built a good little piece of the online Objectivist-libertarian universe, one that we can be proud of. Lots of great stuff on OL. You can get lost reading around and it will almost always be an enriching experience. Or a thought-provoking one. I know I'm proud of what we have produced. So is Kat.
We value OL and we value you. We value letting people work through ideas without intimidation. We value a world where reason, independent thinking and freedom will not be extinguished. Where you have a voice in a unique community of people bearing intelligent goodwill--feisty or otherwise.
That's why we do what we do.
So if you can contribute, please do. It's a quick and easy process. Just scroll to the bottom of any page and click on the orange "Donate" button. It goes to Paypal, but you don't need a Paypal account if you don't have one.
Many, many thanks in advance.
If you can't, we still love you and thank you for being in our lives.