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Postby miss malevolent » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:20 am

I see that in the news section of the site, you received zero donations for this month.

How much is needed? Are you simply paying for the use of the software, or are you asking for donations in regards to hosting the site as well?
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Re: Donations

Postby toobsock » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:13 am

We are hosting the web site on our own server. All of the "software" to gather the stats and display them has been developed by us.

The unique thing about this is that we need to access the Social Club thousands of times per day to retrieve all of the information for the players we are tracking.

As a typical security measure that 99% of the web servers out there use, they will block an IP address after so many requests to avoid being "flooded". So to get around that, we have incorporated "Proxy Servers" which allow us to make requests from several different IP addresses while gathering the data.

If we had another site or anything that utilized "Proxy Servers" we would just utilize them for this site as well, just like we do with the web server.

The cost of 5 proxy servers per month to rent is around $88. As the number of players we track grows, the scans take longer and longer. Right now we scan 6 players at a time every 15-20 seconds. Right now our scan time is nearing 3 hours.

A couple of options that we could pursue would be:

1) Cut the number of users we track by 90%, then we could eliminate the need for the proxy servers.
2) Eliminate the proxy servers and scan about 3 players per minute, which would put the scan time up at around 15 hours (at our current user base). Right now, after our initial scan, we are continually scanning the Social Club when a player's stats don't seem to make a logical progression (seems about 50-75 players per day have stats that don't progress properly) and when new players sign up to the site. That goes on for about 16 hours after the initial scan is done per day (rescanning about 3 players per minute).

The "rescanner" logic we use is pretty simple, we test several of the stats for a "natural progression", so when we see a field (for example) like "Car Crashes" go down instead of up or equal to previous scans, we keep on scanning until the Social Club serves up correct numbers.

So, the donations are strictly for us to rent the proxy servers.
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Re: Donations

Postby miss malevolent » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:08 am

"If we had another site or anything that utilized "Proxy Servers" we would just utilize them for this site as well, just like we do with the web server."

You mean if you could utilize another website's space as a proxy server? Sorry, if I'm understanding you incorrectly.

$88 is the goal this month...okay.
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Re: Donations

Postby toobsock » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:44 pm

What I meant is that we have this server and other resources available to us that we can utilize at basically "no cost" and that the Proxy Servers are unique to this, but we wish they weren't so the entire "funds" issue was not an issue.

Don't know if that really explained it any better or not...

$88 is the target right now... we are gaining, on average, about 20 users per day (gained a couple hundred earlier this week for some reason).
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Re: Donations

Postby CrazyRay » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:58 am

How many site views per day do you get for your ad banners, clearly that brings in lots of ad views...

So, after your monthly ad revenue is figured in, you have plenty of money then...probably even sitting in the +...correct?
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Re: Donations

Postby toobsock » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:44 pm

We wish that were the case, screenshot taken a few minutes ago:

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CrazyRay wrote:How many site views per day do you get for your ad banners, clearly that brings in lots of ad views...

So, after your monthly ad revenue is figured in, you have plenty of money then...probably even sitting in the +...correct?
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