Ok. There's the so awaited update. I've added 3 news new shows to download, and added a new feature to which I applied to 5 shows: previews.
Previews are small resolution (160x120) video with low quality audio. They are mean to be previews of some clips. Even though they are smaller in size, we can't upload for every clip as long as we're on this server. Maybe in the future we will.
Uploaded previews are from 4 Transformations shows (Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited, Koji: Sex Murder Investigation Officer and Cursed) and 2 Scenes shows (Pokémon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003).
I've also added a new feature: Ban. Banned account won't have access to the registered content anymore and I'll be watching those accounts too. Those who got banned were because they either harassed up in email, board or instant messenger, or did personal attack on us or on some of the contributor. With how some of the people reacted with the lack of update, I'm not going to be lenient on those people. We don't work for you, and we we're told we should screw up and simply give the clips away, don't expect us to welcome us here.
I've also deleted the accounts that haven't been acceded in the last 12 months to do some clean up. If you didn't log or downloaded anything within the past 12 months, and can't log in anymore, open another account.
We also hit the 2 millions hits. As expected. No congratulation, no thanks. But hey, we can't expect much from the same person who kept sending us hate mail or post telling to shut down the site if we're not going to update, nor it is going to be a memorable day to remember considering other personal issue that occurred the same day.
Anyway, I may plan something for it anyway. What I was thinking was another contest for the site, probably an art contest where the theme would be us: Dragoniade and Stonegate. As a prize, I was thinking DVD of clips found on the site, playable on an home DVD player, something like 5-8 DVD for the first prize and going down with the second, third place and so on. Details are still on the work, as I got to determine if it's doable. Opinions are welcomed and I may forward the chat to the Metamorphorum
until the new board is operational on the site.
A lot of people have been complaining every file weren't available online. For those still not catching on, we have over 50 Gigs of video files. Considering we're getting this space for free, you're all luck we can put clips online. Right now, we're like using 5Gigs of spaces for clips AND pictures. If you people want to see EVERY clips online, then you'll have to start helping and that doesn't mean sending small low quality clips taken from a file sharing software. That means money. We've spotted a server that would cover our need for about 100-120 $ per month. But to be able to pay that, we got 2 options:
Start taking donations and keep the site on donation. People would need to donate enough to maintain the site. If every registered member were to send like 2-5 $ per month, there would be enough to maintain the site and show your appreciation with the extra. Even host a few extra sites. But donations are extremely UNRELIABLE and since it is out of the question that we pay out of our pocket. Capturing, maintaining, updating and storing such collection do cost constant money, in either hardware (Hard drive, backup, VCR and PVR), media (backup DVD, bought DVD and Tapes for new contents), Internet (unlimited high speed internet isn't cheap). We don't want to put hosting cost over that. So with donation, it's either we reach the goal by the end of the month or the site close for good.
The second option was turning the site into a Transformation and Creatures Critic site. Making a paying site under the critic is feasible considering we're only dealing with clips and segment dealing with a common theme. Other site, like IGN and Adcritic are doing the same: basic content for free, extended content at a cost. Even though we wouldn't ask for the same as those site do, something in the order of 5-10$ a year for EVERYONE would be required to download any clips bigger than the new previews.
Those are the 2 options we've thought of. But until we get some cash to actually start something (setup fee and first month require at least 300$ to start up) and until we knows that the 10'000 registered members aren't sock puppets used to download more clips, we won't take any step forward.