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    Hi all,

    I know this has taken a while for me to do, but I had things I wanted to consider, and I needed to talk to my web host, and actually my wife as well. So here is my plan for the next two years.

    I have arrange to move the site to a cheaper plan. We don't have the traffic necessary to keep a big server anymore, there will never be any VH news that will overload the site again...sadly. With that said, I don't want to do this every year. So what I'd like to do is try to raise enough money to cover two years of the server. That cost for both years is $3k for what we need. Remember we used to pay more than that for one year!

    Here's the hard part of the conversation. The site doesn't have near the traffic it once did, and most discussions have very little to do with Van Halen. While that's fine, and I don't mind people talking about everything like a community, it did start as a Van Halen site, and unfortunately we know Van Halen is no longer. I've been running this site since I was 28, and I'm 51 now, and the burden to keep it open gets more every year. It just does. And without Eddie around, my desire is just less. Just being as honest as I can, you guys deserve that.

    So unless we raise enough for the next two years, or get incredibly close, the web site will close March 31st. I know that's hard to hear, but that's the reality. If we only raise enough for one year, that's not good enough for me, we have to raise enough for at least one year, and be on our way to the second. And while I will throw in money of course, I won't throw in $500 or something. I just won't invest that much anymore. I've already invested probably close to $100k on this site over the years...my wife says more and she's probably right. And of course we have no advertising, we have nothing that brings in revenue anymore on the side. So I can't offset any of the server costs.

    I know a bunch of people will ask this next thing, and I'm just going to stop those conversations now. No I won't be selling the site if we don't make it. It will just simply end. That's the way I want it, it goes out on my terms. I will not be selling the domain either, I will keep it and continue to pay yearly for it and use it to get my email.

    This is also something to consider. If you donate and we don't make it, I can't refund your money. It's just too much work. I know that may upset you guys, but that's the deal. If you donate, you donate that's it. I just want to be upfront about that. You'll be able to see on the GoFundMe tracker where we're at, and what we need to get to. I can't make it up. And certainly my goal isn't not to make it, I want the site to continue! I absolutely do.

    Ok last thing. This is not a downer post. it is just reality. We have had an amazing run, I can't tell you how rewarding this site has been for me. How many fan run sites about a rock band last 23 years? And how many about VH are even left? It's us, the VHND, and the Roth Army. Even with all the nonsense over the years, I've enjoyed talking with you all and arguing about VH, and whatever else, and it has definitely changed my life for the better. I've met some amazing people over the years, not to mention the selfless people who have helped keep it going all these years. And it's not over. I just really don't know what's going to to happen, but I know how I feel.

    I have to give my web host time to move everything, so we have to get the money raised I would say by Monday March 28th to make moving a reality. We can't wait until March 31st to try to make it happen, it's too late. The 28th is our deadline date!!

    Ok let's do this!!! We've got 20 days to do it! Remember you're donating for 2 years. But you contribute whatever you feel you can. Just know next year if we make it, we won't need a server drive. And we didn't actually have one last year.

    Here is the link to donate, and as always send me a private message so I know you have done it and can update your account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fudd View Post
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    That's exactly what we need here, fewer people LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    That's exactly what we need here, fewer people LOL
    Actually I was gonna let someone back. DAISY.


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    So the link, for me, doesn't go direct to the page. When I search it, I find the VHLinks 2022-2023 fundraiser, and it says $2,875 of $5,400 raised.

    Is that accurate? Most of the listed donations are way older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    So the link, for me, doesn't go direct to the page. When I search it, I find the VHLinks 2022-2023 fundraiser, and it says $2,875 of $5,400 raised.

    Is that accurate? Most of the listed donations are way older.
    https://gofund.me/95446ce5


    Yes. Itís legit. We got this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fudd View Post
    Actually I was gonna let someone back. DAISY.


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    You were going to let someone back. Yikes. Trying to think who that could be LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    You were going to let someone back. Yikes. Trying to think who that could be LOL
    OLO.


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    You letting Chef back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fudd View Post
    OLO.


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    He's not banned. Maybe we should discuss this elsewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    You were going to let someone back. Yikes. Trying to think who that could be LOL
    Seriously, does anyone miss anyone who has been banned? Yeah, me neither
    Dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    You letting Chef back?
    He doesn't want to come back. If he wanted to come back he knows how to contact us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    He's not banned. Maybe we should discuss this elsewhere
    Daisy itís a poor attempt at humor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rchop84 View Post
    Seriously, does anyone miss anyone who has been banned? Yeah, me neither
    I miss a few of those porn videos on cold and lonely nights.


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