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Hello iMayberry Community - I have a question I need you to answer.

Hey Mayberry fan,

My name is Allan Newsome and I'm the "owner/maintainer/etc" of the iMayberry Community.   Over the years since this site started, the actual host ( a service called "Ning") has upgraded their services from version 2.0 (which we use here at iMayberry Community) to their latest version which is Ning 3.0.

They have been pushing communities like ours to move to Version 3.0 in order to receive an updated version of the site that will work better because it is updated and modern.  The iMayberry Community site was created in December 2011 and a LOT has changed on the internet in the almost 8 years since.  Use of "mobile" devices (phones) is now a major part of using sites like this one and honestly it doesn't work well on a phone/tablet.

There are several things that moving to Ning 3.0 *should* give us BUT the problem is the price per year basically doubles going from ~$280 per/year to ~$600 per/year. 

I hate to do this but if you enjoy the iMayberry Community and want it to survive and continue to grow, I'm going to need help paying for the cost.   I really can't afford to do this without the help of the community.  

There are currently 1130 members of the iMayberry Community but only 130 have logged in 2019 and 232 if I go back to 2018.  I need everyone, active and non-active alike, to agree to help pay for the cost of the community.  

I need to hear from you all.   Do you want to keep this site going or should we give up and close the doors? 

I'm broadcasting this to you and I'll create a "Forum" entry with this same topic.  I'd love to hear from you with your thoughts and, if you want to keep things going, a pledge of financial support.

Let's hear your thoughts because we're all in this manhunt together.

Sincerely,

Allan "Floyd" Newsome

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I for one would hate to see this site go. I, like many others, watch Andy every day and I love having a place to go to that shares my TAGS interests. So work on those mildewed uniforms, let Goober “borrow us” his tools, and I’ll go get my horn and hopefully we can all make it work.

Hey Floyd........    Gomer  here........

I wanted to send you some money sooooooooo I asked Wally if he'd give me a raise and of course he said nooooooo.........   So I asked Goober to spot me a little dab a' cash and he said he'd be glad to.   Now you just go ahead an order that thing-a-ma-jig you need and I'll be happy to pay my share to keep our little community goin'........    Besides - pretty soon I'll be gitten' money from Uncle Sam when I join the U.S. Marine corps......   

Goober sez "hey"........

Gomer in Glasgow

let's host a jumble sale! save the community home!

Cathy in FL

I’m happy to donate to the cause. Tell us how, please.

There's a Donate button on the home page. go ahead and leave both quarters--Allan deserves it!

$5 an active member each year would do it!

I sent you a proposal but it would probably mean a learning curve on your part as well as starting over.  But it sounds like it's either start over or lose it all.  600 bucks a month is more than a bit stiff.  280 was about right in my opinion.  I looked at the background of the site and find that you may also want to back off a bit on their services and stay with them.  There are a lot of options.

You can just call me Howard.

It's $600 a YEAR not a month.

Hey Daryl,

It's $600 a YEAR...not a month.  "I ain't no Rockefeller."  If it was a MONTH...I wouldn't even have asked the question.  "He's a good man...but he's cheap!"

Typo on my part.  I know it's a year.  But I am even more of a tight wad than you are.  to give you an idea, I have 5 sites of various types and pay less than 100 bucks a year and have 1000 return people on one and over 5000 on one of the others every month.  Of course, I don't rely on a company to provide the premade software custom made.  And the learning curve was pretty high at first.  And I am a retired Nationwide Internet Provider who did Content.  And, yes, Even I paid for experts.  But I paid them once.  I sometimes forget myself.  We take a blank server for a lot less and make a site or numerous sites where there was just an empty hard drive.  I forget myself at times and think I am normal.  I would be normal at an Internet Providers Meeting but normal people would have trouble understanding a single word I would say at times.  But the offer is still there if you want it.

Alan, I am with "Mayor Pike" $5.00 for each active member would cover it.  I'd donate $5 each year.

We need to keep this valuable resource up and running!  I would happily fork over $5,00 - $10.00 a year!

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