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(Fark and Schnitt)   Drew gives an update on the Fark revenue situation - tl;dr it's still bad. We also discuss the end of Pennsylvania's sober hordes marauding in nearby states, and special guest Brooke Binkowski gives us an overview of Covid conspiracy theories   (podcasts.apple.com) divider line
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2020-04-21 10:31:16 AM  
How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?
 
2020-04-21 10:31:19 AM  
Next SBA relief package, on the application Fark needs to be a public company.
 
2020-04-21 10:32:03 AM  

get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?


Much money.
 
2020-04-21 10:34:48 AM  

get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?


Eight squirrel pelts
 
2020-04-21 10:35:08 AM  

get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?


The cost in dollars is negligible.  The cost to a man's soul is incalculable.
 
2020-04-21 10:35:52 AM  
have you considered picking up a couple extra shifts?  how about negotiating with the hosting company for deferred payment? maybe furloughing a few of the sh&tposters?  god knows they're overpaid no matter how much they get.
 
2020-04-21 10:35:59 AM  
What about a way to donate? I'm already a TotalFarker, but I'd love to donate to help out.
 
2020-04-21 10:36:06 AM  

Sin'sHero: Next SBA relief package, on the application Fark needs to be a public company.


"Farking IPO" has a nice ring to it. Do you think the squirrel would get to ring the bell with Drew at the NYSE?
 
2020-04-21 10:36:15 AM  
Well, I tried paying for a year's worth. Payment page went to the PayPal option. Only link available there was to pay via CC rather than use the PayPal balance. I'll try again later today.
 
2020-04-21 10:36:46 AM  

get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?


For me it's three to five fart-jokes a day.
 
2020-04-21 10:37:15 AM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?

Much money.


Such money?
 
2020-04-21 10:37:19 AM  

get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?


My contribution alone cannot be calculated.

/nobody has time to keep track of that
 
2020-04-21 10:38:25 AM  

4seasons85!: What about a way to donate? I'm already a TotalFarker, but I'd love to donate to help out.


I had the same question, but ended up just buying TF for random people in place of a donation.  At least that way you still get your money in there and maybe make a few people happy.
 
2020-04-21 10:39:15 AM  
So you're telling me that I bought TF for nothing? Dammit!
 
2020-04-21 10:40:18 AM  
Maybe Fark needs to cut down on the Starbucks and avacado toast - or think about getting some roommates or moving back in with the parents for a few years until the loans are paid off
 
2020-04-21 10:40:29 AM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: have you considered picking up a couple extra shifts?  how about negotiating with the hosting company for deferred payment? maybe furloughing a few of the sh&tposters?  god knows they're overpaid no matter how much they get.


Create Fark accounts for your family and colleagues and gift them annual TF.
 
2020-04-21 10:42:35 AM  

mathamagical: So you're telling me that I bought TF for nothing? Dammit!


No, you bought it for $5 a month.

Username does NOT check out.
 
2020-04-21 10:42:54 AM  
It would change the tenor of the place quite a bit, but a one dollar a click "This post is idiotic" button would make bank on the pol tab.
 
2020-04-21 10:43:41 AM  
Since declining ad revenue seems to be a recurring theme here, to the point it determines what content is allowed to be posted.

What are you planning to do to make Fark better, so more people are inclined to come here and pay you, so you don't have to rely so heavily on ad revenue?
 
2020-04-21 10:44:24 AM  
Money problems? Wait...so Fark is not secretly financed by George Soros? But the server room is still staffed with Lizard people, right?
 
2020-04-21 10:46:42 AM  
Maybe a few more levels of funding?

1.  Read, but no commenting and no Smart/Like.  Free.
2.  Ability to Smart/Like a comment. $5 per year.
3.  Ability to Comment and Smart/Like. $10 per year.
4.  No ads. (BareFark; $25 per year).
5.  Members-only stuff. (TotalFark; $50 per year)
6.  Corporate sponsorship?  Memorial gift?
 
2020-04-21 10:47:06 AM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: have you considered picking up a couple extra shifts?  how about negotiating with the hosting company for deferred payment? maybe furloughing a few of the sh&tposters?  god knows they're overpaid no matter how much they get.


They should have saved up 6 months of operating expenses like everyone else.

mathamagical: So you're telling me that I bought TF for nothing? Dammit!


Kinda like contributing to the Sanders campaign.  Same feeling.
 
2020-04-21 10:49:29 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: get real: How much does it cost a month to keep this site going?

My contribution alone cannot be calculated.

/nobody has time to keep track of that


Excuse me? Who are you? Who let you in here?
 
2020-04-21 10:50:20 AM  
Is Fark cutting hosted services on the backend to maybe cut costs?  Like do you really need high-availability and other things that could be sidelined for now?  Desperate times and all.
 
2020-04-21 10:50:27 AM  
If you have an option to donate, please make it this website instead of any local causes. It's more importanter.
 
2020-04-21 10:52:54 AM  
It's just one website, what could it cost? Ten dollars?
 
2020-04-21 10:54:06 AM  

indy_kid: Maybe a few more levels of funding?

1.  Read, but no commenting and no Smart/Like.  Free.
2.  Ability to Smart/Like a comment. $5 per year.
3.  Ability to Comment and Smart/Like. $10 per year.
4.  No ads. (BareFark; $25 per year).
5.  Members-only stuff. (TotalFark; $50 per year)
6.  Corporate sponsorship?  Memorial gift?


So, odds are I'm the longest-term farker in this thread.  I'm not sure how many like me are around, people who don't comment a lot, but love liking/smarting comments.  Do this thing.  I'd pay more for little buttons that fark with people.  Add a troll option too, so we can call those assholes out easier
 
2020-04-21 10:54:55 AM  

RaiderFanMikeP: if your going in debt. pull the plug and cut your losses.

people will get over it


Fark not here for the users, it's here so Drew can be king of his little castle.
 
2020-04-21 10:56:07 AM  
Somebody in an earlier discussion had the idea of working out bundle deals with the major news websites.  Basically, a Supreme Fark membership would get you through the paywalls of the major news websites.
 
2020-04-21 10:56:12 AM  
How about a lock-in at the rec center?

Srsly sucks though

/♫ I've grown accustomed to this place...
 
2020-04-21 10:56:51 AM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Since declining ad revenue seems to be a recurring theme here, to the point it determines what content is allowed to be posted.

What are you planning to do to make Fark better, so more people are inclined to come here and pay you, so you don't have to rely so heavily on ad revenue?


Mandatory boobies.
 
2020-04-21 10:57:17 AM  

bobtheme: Is Fark cutting hosted services on the backend to maybe cut costs?  Like do you really need high-availability and other things that could be sidelined for now?  Desperate times and all.


Without seeing the actual cost of those services, suggesting cutting them is somewhat pointless. It would need to be relatively significant before spending the time to undo that work and honestly I don't see how or why Fark would have that complex and expensive a system in place.
 
2020-04-21 10:57:28 AM  
I would give you money, but I don't have any.

I really enjoy this place on the internet.

My gift TF expires in 3 days.
 
2020-04-21 10:57:31 AM  
Maybe Drew could triple or even quadruple the cost for UltraFark(tm)?
 
2020-04-21 10:57:40 AM  
Wake me when you have an "out the submitter" button. I'd pay for that.

For all of those wanting to donate, just sponsor someone. That's how they do it here... and hopefully, that gets a person hooked, etc. etc.
 
2020-04-21 10:57:54 AM  

powhound: Well, I tried paying for a year's worth. Payment page went to the PayPal option. Only link available there was to pay via CC rather than use the PayPal balance. I'll try again later today.


I don't do e-commerce, I'm that old-fashioned. There's a P. O. box for Fark. If an honest-to-really check for TF were to appear in it, would that be treated correctly?

Quite frankly, the few times I've been TFed made little impression on me. I spend too much time here as a liter, some of the stuff that fueled my interest has faded away, and there are some recurrent practices that are less than inspiring. Overall, it's still a positive experience, but ...
 
2020-04-21 10:58:16 AM  

Voiceofreason01: RaiderFanMikeP: if your going in debt. pull the plug and cut your losses.

people will get over it

Fark not here for the users, it's here so Drew can be king of his little castle.


You're thinking of Drew Curtis' Fark.  This is Fark.
 
2020-04-21 10:58:39 AM  

DrBrownCow: Somebody in an earlier discussion had the idea of working out bundle deals with the major news websites.  Basically, a Supreme Fark membership would get you through the paywalls of the major news websites.


Hmm. Maybe.
 
2020-04-21 10:58:59 AM  
Drew, have you considered selling Fark?  If so, how much? Asking for a friend.
 
2020-04-21 10:59:01 AM  

Smosh: indy_kid: Maybe a few more levels of funding?

1.  Read, but no commenting and no Smart/Like.  Free.
2.  Ability to Smart/Like a comment. $5 per year.
3.  Ability to Comment and Smart/Like. $10 per year.
4.  No ads. (BareFark; $25 per year).
5.  Members-only stuff. (TotalFark; $50 per year)
6.  Corporate sponsorship?  Memorial gift?

So, odds are I'm the longest-term farker in this thread.  I'm not sure how many like me are around, people who don't comment a lot, but love liking/smarting comments.  Do this thing.  I'd pay more for little buttons that fark with people.


I'd pay for buttons to sabotage people as well.  Kind of like optional DLC for MMOs.  There have been enough suggestions and requests for donation options that if they don't end up adding it, it would display to me a kind of apathy as to whether or not this place actually survives.

Add a troll option too, so we can call those assholes out easier

Yeah, that's never going to happen.
 
2020-04-21 11:00:18 AM  
We had a 600 plus comment thread on this a week ago.  There were some good suggestions in there about improving the site and cutting out the bullshiat.  How many of those are being considered, or are you just looking for another 600 comment thread because it's getting you clicks?
 
2020-04-21 11:00:20 AM  
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2020-04-21 11:00:44 AM  

holdmybones: Thank You Black Jesus!: have you considered picking up a couple extra shifts?  how about negotiating with the hosting company for deferred payment? maybe furloughing a few of the sh&tposters?  god knows they're overpaid no matter how much they get.

Create Fark accounts for your family and colleagues and gift them annual TF.


You'd have to really have to hate your family / friends to do such a heinous thing.
 
2020-04-21 11:00:51 AM  
Maybe if you changed the spilled bourbon bottle on your outage page from Maker's Mark to Old Crow, people might be more sympathetic ?
 
2020-04-21 11:02:55 AM  

Smosh: indy_kid: Maybe a few more levels of funding?

1.  Read, but no commenting and no Smart/Like.  Free.
2.  Ability to Smart/Like a comment. $5 per year.
3.  Ability to Comment and Smart/Like. $10 per year.
4.  No ads. (BareFark; $25 per year).
5.  Members-only stuff. (TotalFark; $50 per year)
6.  Corporate sponsorship?  Memorial gift?

So, odds are I'm the longest-term farker in this thread.  I'm not sure how many like me are around, people who don't comment a lot, but love liking/smarting comments.  Do this thing.  I'd pay more for little buttons that fark with people.  Add a troll option too, so we can call those assholes out easier



So give people the ability to be bigger assholes than they already are?
 
2020-04-21 11:04:57 AM  
This is is like the fourth 'Fark needs money' in a row now... This is going to sound rude but it comes from a place of love, if things are really this dire could we get a breakdown of the costs? I mean, all content is created by users. Does fark need cash to keep servers running, or does fark need cash because some boat payments are late? People may be more inclined to finance the site if they have a better idea of the situation.

And how much does it cost to produce fark tv the podcast? seems like an opportunity to save some cash and improve the site by droppin that. No offense meant, I gave it an honest try but it's unlistenable (I'm probably not the intended audience being younger than 50 though so take that with a grain of salt).

/I hope things work out, this has been my internet home for over a decade (of mostly lurking). I won't be turning off adblock but I'll keep my barefark subscription up for as long as the lights are still on.
 
2020-04-21 11:04:57 AM  
I turned off adbock and would gladly pay for barefark if there was a way to pay year by year that worked.
 
2020-04-21 11:05:42 AM  
Hell, I knew it was bad when they were doing t-shirts of headlines and the "Cue Moment"
 
2020-04-21 11:05:59 AM  

theguyyousaw: I would give you money, but I don't have any.

I really enjoy this place on the internet.

My gift TF expires in 3 days.


It costs 17 cents a day.  If you don't want to spend the $5 thay's fine, but don't go telling people that you can't possibly cone up with 17 cents a day.  They're gonna question your hustle.
 
2020-04-21 11:06:32 AM  

Jeebus Saves: We had a 600 plus comment thread on this a week ago.  There were some good suggestions in there about improving the site and cutting out the bullshiat.  How many of those are being considered, or are you just looking for another 600 comment thread because it's getting you clicks?


Such cynacism....
 
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