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. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    Just a tip, I find I reach most members on the board (different board naturally) if I mass e-mail, or even mass PM. No idea how many people will notice this, but a lot more will if they find this message in their inbox.

    Nice initiative, never worked with VBulletin before so anxious to see.

    Seems like I missed the PM by that much, nevermind!
  4. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Is there anyway of donating without the use of a credit card?
  5. To the best of my knowledge PayPal doesn't store your details and you can use a debit card.
  6. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Can I donate my minion, Sir Speedy?
  7. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (St Helens RLFC @ Jan 11 2010, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Unfortunately it looks like if you live outside the UK (or US?) you need a credit card <_< Damn those banks
  8. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Do they trust South Africans with credit cards or do they just barter with kudu meat or something down there?

    "Ah yes, you'd like to buy a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser! That will be 500 pounds worth of kudu meat!"
  9. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Prestwick @ Jan 11 2010, 11:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    You reckon your flimsy Victorian planes can handle a few kudu rumps?!
  10. 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!
  11. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Steve-o @ Jan 11 2010, 09:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I don't have a credit card and I use paypal. It's linked to my bank account, so I have to 'top up' my account by wiring money from my bank account to my paypal account, which takes 2 to 3 days. Which is also the annoying thing, I have to wait at least another day before I can donate.

    This depends on which country you're in though, works for Belgium, not for South Africa I noticed.
  12. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    Just a remark, the 'here' link in the first post doesn't work.

    Other than that, smooth :p
  13. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Click the Donate Button at the top of the page :)
  14. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    I clicked the donate button in Dan's sig. Hence the 'smooth' :p
  15. Thank you Laecta. The response has been amazing from you all.
  16. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (St Helens RLFC @ Jan 15 2010, 02:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    If that is the case, why not post an update of how much has been donated so far?
  17. I have - in forum feedback. :)
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