I would like to announce that DSF accepts donations via PayPal to support its web hosting.
Please, specify your username in the PayPal payment comment if you want that we track your donation transparently, otherwise it will be counted as an anonymous donation (i.e., no real names will ever be published online/publicly).
This topic is long-overdue if you remember, however, I didn’t find time to prepare it properly earlier. Now, I have to restart it as the hosting costs are piling up. Please, (re)read the old discussion from February this year for more details.
A bare minimum is that we collect € 320 for one year of hosting as I wrote, yet, € 25 more would be better to cover also the costs of domains (dsf.ninja, dubstepforum.com). Every “hosting year” starts from September and now we are a bit late (my fault).
The forum statistics show that there is, on average, 30 contributors/users daily. Hence, it is enough to receive, on average, ~11 EUR/yr per regular/frequent user, or £ 10 (GBP), or $ 12 (USD). Or, if I continue, and follow usual marketing practice: “only 1 EUR/month” Everything collected on top of € 345 will be used for the next year costs, i.e., no money would be used for other purposes unless you decide otherwise (if the general context is changed, or you just want to use the money to improve the website).
To clarify the costs, I note that both sites run on a dedicated web server with 16 GB memory, 4 cores (Intel Xeon), unlimited transfer. You can easily check that we use one of the most affordable options on the market.
I (or @dubway ) will try to answer any further question you may have regarding the topic.