We're going back to basics...to where it all began
As you have noticed, our Video Palace and Picture Archive have been having problems for about a month now. All videos and photos (not including thumbnails and HTMLs) which are stored in our Master Server don't work. We have been trying to fix Master Server this past month, but unfortunately Master Server cannot be fixed, and we cannot afford to pay for another Master Server to store our videos and photos. So until we find a solution for this, CPA and VP are out of service.
Just in case you didn't know, we have been having financial problems for the past few years now. Every month we have to pay bills for our Express Server (Forum, HTMLs and other small files) and Master Server (videos, photos, and other big files). Total monthly fees we have to pay is $330, which makes a total of almost $4,000 each year. The past 5 years we've been getting about ONLY $300 donation each year from our members, which means Hmers - CMM creator & owner - has to pay about $3,500 out of his pocket each year. That is a huge sum of money one person has to pay for a hobby.
If you're a Minor Member or above, feel free to check our financial reports and see for yourself how bad it is. Make sure to check details in each month so you can see that about half of the contributors are Administrators and/or Moderators).
We cannot afford this and cannot let this going on any longer. Ten (yes! 10!) years ago when CMM started, it was from fans for fans. Every fans contributed something for the community. They used to share news, photos, videos, and some of them donated money to help us fund our servers. The past few years, there are only a handful of people sharing news, photos, videos, or donate money. Most others just take and give nothing to the community. Let's take CPA for an example, which gets 300-500 unique hits and 1000-2000 pic views every day. If each CPA visitor donated $1 a month, we would have more than enough money to cover our monthly fees. If 1/10 of CPA visitors post one photo to CPA, the handful regular photo uploaders wouldn't have to spend so much time finding and uploading hundreds of photos each month.
For the time being, we have decided to keep our Express Server, which means Forums and websites are still open. If you are willing and able, please donate to help us pay for the Express Server. You get 10 CMM membership points for each $1 donation. We are keeping our Membership levels and will announce later on what we're going to offer for each membership level.
Meanwhile, if you have any videos or photos to share, please post them on our Forum, just like how we used to do before CPA and VP were born.
FYI, we do have a backup of all videos from Video Palace. As for Picture Archive, our latest backup was from April 2011. Please contact us if you have all photos from CPA from April 2011 until December 2011. We currently store the files in our personal hard drives. As stated above, we have nowhere to store them online since we can't afford to pay for another server.
In conclusion, CMM is now going through a period of reinvention. We invite all the members to comment and give us feedback on our Forum. Thank you for all your support so far! Hopefully you guys will keep supporting us so our site can last many more years...