The Rugby Forum needs YOU

Discussion in 'Site News & Suggestions' started by St Helens RLFC, Jan 11, 2010.

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    Members of TRF,

    2010 is the 7<sup>th</sup> year of TRF. Over the next month or so I am looking to usher in the most significant changes since the forum began. I am not going to change with our formula of quality discussion and zany off topic chat, I am not going to charge for use and I am not going to bring in a series of new rules. I am going to change the forum software that we use.

    I intend to, after all these years, move away from Invision Power Board, who have given us seven years service, and instead move to VBulletin. I think this will be for the massive benefit to TRF. Firstly, it is easier to maintain. Not a problem for you, the members, but a major relief for me and the rest of TRF's hard working staff! There are many reasons that a move will benefit TRF. We can sell advertising space without compromising the look of the forum. We can make features such as our arcade easier to reach. We can make the board run that touch quicker.

    Best of all, we can move everything over, meaning that quality discussion past and present remains. We will copy the database over, keep calm and carry on.

    However, this is not done without a cost. As you know, TRF depends heavily on forum user donations. We were hit hard with a legal case last year, which cost us £80. You put your hands in your pocket on that occasion and we managed to recoup most of that. Midway through the year as a result of the ongoing financial crisis, we lost our advertisers.

    Neither me, Charlie or Chris are in the position at the moment where we can afford to sink our own money in. We did that, hundreds of pounds worth, in 2006 and 2007 in making the forum competitive again.

    Our regular users are all well aware of how much time we put into running TRF, and how much it means to the three owners. We have made the decision to move onto the new software, and we know that you'll trust us on this matter.

    This is where you come in. We need your help. We simply cannot afford to do this by ourselves. We need you, the members, to muck in and give us a hand. I hate asking for your money because I don't and never would charge for TRF, but I am looking to raise £200 in a fundraising event. This will cover the transfer from one software to another and leave us with enough money to cover hosting for the rest of the year.

    If 200 of you donated £1.23, we'd get the money we needed. If those of you who've used the mods for the Rugby 08 game that we host, free of charge, donated £1.23, we'd be fine for hosting for years. If you love reading the forum, but don't post much, help us to make your reading easier with new software.

    You can all do the maths. TRF needs your help. The current package we have isn't going to expire or anything, and the board isn't heading into oblivion. But I feel we're being held back and I feel that with your help, TRF will have a massive 2010.

    If I get the money I hope to have our new look board ready for the new 6 Nations tournament, which begins 6<sup>th</sup> February. I'm not asking for massive amounts from people, just what you can or you feel the forum warrants. We've already had one exceptionally kind donation of £5. That's pre-appeal.

    I feel you, the members, have always trusted me and the rest of the staff on the forum when it comes to making key decisions like this. I urge you now to back me again and help us take The Rugby Forum to the next level.

    Our target is £200. We already have £4.63 of that. Every little bit helps us and we appreciate every donation we receive. You can donate by clicking here.

    Thank you.

    Dan (St Helens RLFC) on behalf of Charlie, Chris and all the staff at TRF.
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  3. £20 already guys. 10% of the way already. If you donate, please send me a PM so I can keep a track of who has donated what, I'm going to have something on the new forum for those who donate.
  4. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    I'll donate a pound for every rep point I get over the next 24 hours. It's win win. Otherwise I'll pick an mount myself
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    The link I sent in the PM to EVERY member of TRF doesn't work. FAIL.

    If you'd like to donate via PayPal, the e-mail address is:
  6. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Not sure if thats a sensible move but hey ho!!! Thank You
  7. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    I should have sid a limit of one per member....
  8. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (feicarsinn @ Jan 11 2010, 06:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Too Late :)
  9. £24.49 so far, £25 before PP deductions. Please, keep this up. If we carry on at this rate we may be able to purchase the new software tomorrow. Please, don't think to yourself "someone else can donate" we need every penny that we can get. Thanks so much to those who have already donated.

    We can do this. We're already 1/8 of the way there.

    EDIT - Looks like I'm not the only one who needs a facepalm, eh feicarsinn?
  10. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    I immediatlely regret this decision.

    I'll pay tomorrow..
  11. £28 so far, already. Please, keep it up.
  12. I wrote a blog last night promoting a game O2 have made for the 6 Nations. That was worth £30 so the running total so far is £56. Come on TRF, we're already 1/4 of the way there!
  13. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Right £8 is roughly 10 euro, no? You'll have it by tomorrow. Have to go top up the 3v account.
  14. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Yep no worries
  15. SaintDean

    SaintDean Guest

    £5 donated by myself :)
  16. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    £30 donated by myself, to help along with this... will also be donating my time to the project as well...
  17. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Will donate 10€ very soon.
  18. bristol-iain

    bristol-iain Guest

    Whats the total so far?
  19. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    We are around £150 at the moment. So need £50 more really... any donation will always be welcome and the money donated will be placed back into the forum, you guys will always see the benefits of it... We are hoping to get some free gifts which we could have as prizes soon as well.

    We want to start to make this place a place with loads to offer the rugby fans... we may not have the connections but we can work towards getting them...

    We also want the site to be self sustaining eventually through advertising revenue etc...
  20. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Thanks to one and all for all the support so far, let's keep it going and we can move the board on to the next level.
  21. If we get another £20 or so we might be able to buy this tonight.
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