> I have just received an email from AJ at the VPFORUMS
> Email reads:
> Hey everyone! Sorry this comes late to you all, but I wasn't sure exactly what
> was going on...
> Good news and bad news...
> The good news - vpforums is a thriving pinball community with very loyal members
> and a lot of new enthusiasts finding their way to VP!
> The bad news - see the good news :)
> Due to overwhelming site popularity, vpforums cannot sustain itself on a shared
> virtual host! The site sustains a constant 80-120 members online at any give
> time of day or night! This is way to busy a site for F5hosting servers, which
> is why the site is suspended at the moment. Every time they try to unsuspend
> the site, within 10 minutes, there are over 100 people online and the server
> load jumps from 1 to 70... killing all the other sites on the shared server! We
> have grown so fast in the last 3-4 months! Now with shivaSite gone, everyone is
> even more looking to the forums and now the downloads section I have made within
> the forums.
> What does this mean? Well, it means it's time for a bigger server. I have been
> hunting around for the last 24 hours looking for a good dedicated hosting
> option... but they are all so expensive ($400+ up front and $200-$400/month). I
> believe I have found the answer, and will know within the next 12 hours... if
> it works, vpforums should hopefully be back up in 2-3 days. I know many of you
> are going through withdrawls already, so I'm working as fast as I can!!!
> I told everyone that the forums would stay up... and they will! I will be
> looking to you, the members of the community, to hopefully help out with some
> donations. It's not mandatory, but is definetely much appreciated. Just $1.00
> a month from all our members would keep the site going for a year! I thank all
> of you that have donated in the past... You have helped keep the forums going
> for this long. I will be able to get some of the money refunded from the
> current host to apply towards the new host, but it will only cover about a month
> of hosting at the new host! I'm looking to our other members now to help out.
> If you are interested, please click on the following paypal link:
> I will add you to the list of contributing members, and hopefully soon, we will
> have some 'Contributing Member Only' sections on the forum! Again... this is
> not turning into a pay-only site... this is just a request. While there are all
> the free options out there like Yahoo clubs and everyone.net and MSN forums, I
> don't think any have ever compared to what we have at vpforums.com!
> I'm sure that if the site was unsuspended right now, I would see 100 of you
> trying to get on right now! That makes me happy to see, because it means we
> have a great community that wants to communicate and share with everyone! Thank
> you all for everything you have done... we will be back online soon!
Good news that things are on the mend...please keep us informed as to new url, etc...........