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Would you object to Neo becoming the new webmaster once we acquire vBulletin?
Yes.
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No.
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Indifferent. (Don't care; counts as a "no" vote.)
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PostSubject: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:22 pm

Hello, everyone. It is my pleasure to inform you all that we will not be stuck with freeforums for long. Once I get a new computer for Christmas, I'll be getting us...

VBULLETIN!!! Yes, that's right! The same technology employed by Zelda Universe AND Zelda Dungeon!

This will make our forums SO much better! I guarantee it! And don't worry; we'll still have the same staff. John's our webmaster, Kou, Zoltar, and I are the admins, and TZ's my clan assistant.

However, we have ONE big project on our hands. The main site. It needs to be 100% up and running by the time I move the forums. We NEED members, and we NEED a good site to get them.
Also, I know you're all wondering what's going to become of us. Don't fear. We aren't going to make you pay to use the site. However, I AM asking for donations. Currently, I'm the only one who will be paying for the vBulletin software license and the server. Servers are NOT cheap, y'know. Therefore, if ANYONE can donate ANY money at all, I BEG of you to inform me! I'm going to set aside all of the funds I receive in donations to go towards the server, and I'll use them to pay for it. I know a lot of people are really uneasy about sending money to others, but I'm telling you now that you don't have to worry. When we get closer to the date, I'll give you all my mailing information so you can send checks, and I'll also work out money transfers online. The one thing I will ask is that no one attempt to send cash. Cash is often stolen by the people who check the mail. Yes, it happens. Don't kid yourself. If you try it, I'll end up with a letter saying "Here's X dollars! I love you!" and an otherwise empty envelope.

Don't send cash. If you MUST send it, you need to CONCEAL it. Put it in a card, wrap it up, etc. I can deposit the money into my account I'll be using to pay for the server expenses.

Anyone who donates will receive a patron banner once we get the site. I'd rather not get any money now, as I don't want people wondering whether or not I spent it on other things. I'll be opening up for donations on December 1st.

Other notes:
Yes, we will lose EVERYTHING we've done with zast.hightoxic.com
It's sad, but at least we're going to replace it with a BETTER site. You all know how effective vBulletin is.
Anyways, if ANYONE out there is skilled with vBulletin coding, I IMPLORE you to contact me at once! I don't know how exactly it will work out, so I'm going to need help.

That's everything about the move I can think of. If you have any questions, either send me a message or ask away here.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:23 pm

Well hopefully you guys know how to use it. I can tell you how to get vBulleting for free, and easily as well. Just go look for a vBulleting torrent, and surprisingly enough, you will find one, and not have to pay any monthly fee, etc. How do I know this? PavelAK and I were making the switch to vBulletin secretly, and we were the only members, setting it all up and stuff, just to see if it would work for us.

Now, as you can see, our accounts have been suspended due to a Nulled Script, and they found out that we were using the vBulletin without paying. Well, to avoid this bullpoopy, just use your own computer to host! So I am using my other computer, installing Fedora Linux, and that computer will be our host! It is free, and using my old crappy 20 gig HD I found on the de-humidifier, that alone is 20x more than x10hosting gave us.

And you must be thinking, DAYUM, this guy is rich if he has like 6 comps laying around. Hee hee, not even close. I am kinda poor really, I just have my ways of getting comps Wink Now you're thinking, DAYUM, this guy steals!.........yea...no. I get them LEGALLY. I only haz a MacBook Pro, iMac G3, HP something, IBM desktop, and IBM lappy, and then 2 of these weird no name computers......?
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:31 pm

Use my computer to host it? Do you mean eliminate the server cost or just the cost of buying the license?

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:46 pm

As in, instead of using another person(x10hosting) to host, just use yourself for hosting =D I will tell you more about it tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:02 pm

Very well, then.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:52 pm

off topic post: neo, i think you should be like a lead admin or something. just sayin'

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:04 pm

Ehh. I dunno. We'll see.

Kinda think we should just keep it as is.

I dunno. I'm in a particularly bad mood right now. I'm having all sorts of complications with people acting like jackasses over on Wikia.

I'll think about it for awhile and get back to you on that.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:06 pm

aight

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:14 pm

Alright, I've considered doing the webmastering. Well...I'll kinda have to, anyway, since I'll be the one with the vBulletin software, but I don't think I'd mind directing the site. Let's see what our users think of it, though.

Also, I noticed that vBulletin has a CMS which we could use for a main site, eliminating the need for our current one! However, I still would like to finish it ASAP so we can transfer everything as soon as I get our new site up.

I also found out the price of the software. It's going to be over $400 for the license, which is a LOT more than I thought. As such, I'm afraid that I'll be needing donations to reach my goal in funds. My job can only pay for a limited amount of this, and I still have basic necessities that I need to pay, plus recreation. However, I should have at least $50 a paycheck to devote to this. Unfortunately, this won't be enough by Christmas. Therefore, when I open up for donations on December first, it's going to also be to finance the cost of the new forums.

I'm putting a poll up here. If the people don't object to my leading the site, then I'll do it. If not, then I'll leave you in control.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:33 pm

since i think you should have a special rank and the software will be on your computer you should be the forum control admin or something like that. or fi you do become webmaster at least give me a title like ZAST founder or something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:40 pm

Oh yea, I found out something, it wasn't that the hoster found it we got it for free, it just says in their Terms of Service they don not allot vBulletin, neither do alot of hosters =/ But, I don't really know yet, though I think you would probably do a great job at it.
Ya know, to save you guys a few hundred dollars, here is the download for it! Obvioulsy, you need a torren client, like www.utorrent.com

vBulletin: thepiratebay.org 4083134/vBulletin_3.7.0_Beta_6_incl._KeyGen


MAKE YOU SURE READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE OF THE HOSTER TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN USE VBULLETIN ON IT! If you can't find any hosting place that allows vBulletin, you will have to host it yourself!

Btw, the cPanel or whatever the hoster uses, is accessible to everyone who knwos the URL to go to, and the username and password.
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:17 pm

John wrote:
since i think you should have a special rank and the software will be on your computer you should be the forum control admin or something like that. or fi you do become webmaster at least give me a title like ZAST founder or something like that.

Of course! I wouldn't leave you without due credit :3
I really don't want to do everything. I'd have people whining to me about every little thing on the site, and I'd probably end up not caring about individual users anymore.

And Blaze, I'll look into that ASAP. I'm worried about whether or not this whole thing can be pulled off. I hope it can, though.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:09 pm

I don't really care who the webmaster is. Neo does alot for the site, so I wont object. I want to keep my admin status though : P
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:16 pm

I won't be changing anyone's status. The four admins will stay admins. Well...unless Zoltar doesn't return. I haven't seen or heard from him in awhile. I wonder if he's still here...

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:24 pm

For some reason, that name sounds very familiar...
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:41 pm

Zoltar? He's one of the four admins. In fact, he was the second admin on the site, and he's the one who gave me my admin status...kinda. (He changed my title but not my status XD)

Anyways, he's been gone for awhile. Dunno what happened to him.

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:26 pm

zoltar and i were the two original leaders. ill try to find out what happened to him

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:25 pm

I don't care who becomes webmaster. But if there are clans in the new forums, I'd really appreciate it if I was still a clan mod.

And yeah, what happened to Zoltar? Has he been on ZU?
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:29 pm

Read the first post, TZ. I said that all staff will keep their positions. That includes you.

As for Zoltar...I don't know. If he's gone, then we're down to three admins, which creates problems since we need four clan lords...

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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:05 pm

A clan leader doesn't have to be an admin.
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PostSubject: Re: The Future of ZAST (VERY Important! Everyone PLEASE read!)   Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:52 pm

Hmmm...

You're right.

We'll have to elect someone.

But I say we should hold off on the clans once we get the site going. We're going to need to get some other things done, first.

TZ, I'll just give you a general moderator status over the forums, since we won't have clan boards for awhile. Sound good?

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