ADMIN: move FAQs
dans at audifans.com
Thu Sep 6 15:11:02 EDT 2007
Thanks for the contributions. I wanted to quickly address some of
the common questions I've been getting bombarded with :)
I am carefully reading over all suggestions/offers and will reply
individually, but here's a quick reply so everyone is in the loop.
Q: Where do you live now? What do you do?
A: I live in Walnut Creek CA and work in downtown SF. I run tech
operations for a startup company and have been working in the IT
field since 1989.
I'm a unix/linux administrator at heart, but I also have an MBA in
Marketing. I've been married for 14 years and have 3 kids (2 girls 7
& 5, and a 15 month old son).
Q: Why do you insist on owning the hardware? Wouldn't a shared
server/grid solution work better/be cheaper?
A: I'm not opposed to shared/managed hosting, but it comes down to
economics. Once the box is built, costs will run $50/mo. A
dedicated managed server will run around $150/mo, so after month 6,
the colocated box solution is less expensive.
Q: I'll let you run the list on my server for free. What do you need?
Q: Run it here on my cable/DSL/FIOS connection.
A: While I appreciate these offers, I prefer to keep the lists close
to me. Businesses go under, people move, and the last thing I want
This is the main reason I don't want to run it at my own home.
With that said, I am examining all offers.
Q: I donated in the past and no one acknowledged me!
A: I'm sorry. I do try to reply to all paypal contributions with a
thank you note, but may have missed yours. People who sent checks to
my old PO box may have gotten mail returned, as I did not keep up the
box after I moved. I will also put up a new page thanking people for
their 2007 contributions (if you do NOT wish to be listed, let me know).
Also, my personal paypal account turned into a business account (I
started and ran tdiparts.com for several years) so with the volume of
daily transactions I was seeing, some of the contributions probably
got buried. I sold that business, so there should be no problem in
being able to audit and recognize contributions going forward.
Q: Are my contributions tax deductible?
A: No. I'm not a charity though I sometimes act like one :)
Q: I want to send money and don't have/trust/like paypal. Can I send
A: I will let you know if/when we need funds. I don't want to post
my work or home addresses, and I don't have a PO box anymore.
Q: What type of server do you need?
A: Anything, really, as long as it is 1U, can hold and control a
pair of 500Gb SATA drives (which I have already purchased). Intel,
AMD, no preference.
I haven't used Sun hardware in over 3 years and prefer to keep it
that way :)
The site doesn't get a huge amount of traffic, but we have around
100Gb worth of archives as well as logs. I want to build something
that will last for the next 5 years, so we don't have to repeat this
exercise in a year.
Q: Shouldn't some businesses be contributing as well?
A: Yes, and some already have. If expenses become unmanageable, I
will start soliciting for sponsors, but I don't think we will need to.
Q: Do you want to give up control of the lists/site?
A: Not until I can find the right caretaker, if/when someone comes
Q: Why mailing lists? Why not a forum like audiworld, vwvortex,
A: The lists predate the whole concept of forums. While I use and
participate in various forums, members here have expressed a strong
interest in remaining email-only.
If/when overall list sentiment is to move to forums, I'm not opposed
to the concept, but then we have to figure out what to do with the
Email is push - you get it whether you like it or not. Forums are
pull - it requires effort on your part to go read something.
It really boils down to personal preference.
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