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FictionAlley has been a longtime member of iGive, a program that gives a percentage of purchases from stores like VistaPrint, The Gap and more to FictionAlley.

They just made a nifty offer for us - but there's only six hours left for us to take advantage of it.

For each person who joins iGive using the special link below and does just one qualified web search on our site between now and noon. Thursday, September 30, 2010 (Chicago time), we'll give FA a dollar.

No purchase necessary.

If these new members search more (or buy something at an iGive store) they'll earn even more money for FAWC. Right now, we're donating a $.01 per search and a bonus $5 for that first purchase plus the usual percentage.

Link: http://www.igive.com/welcome/warm_reg_promo.cfm?m=476021


As you know, FictionAlley has server expenses this year for the first time in over five years, and they came out of the blue - there's more info at http://tinyurl.com/FAServer - so if you could do this today, that dollar would be merged with the other dollars from other FA users, and could be a massive amount of support for the site.

Thanks in advance for your time and your help!
(Please crosspost if you can.)
It's September 1 - and that generally means we're all heading back to Hogwarts, even if it's only virtually. We're celebrating at FictionAlley, and also commemorating the major milestone that we reached this summer - our ninth anniversary! Unfortunately, we were still suffering from the unexpected and prolonged downtime so we couldn't celebrate - but as you know, we're back now, and it looks like things are stabilized!

Alas, we are not sure whether our current ISP/server situation will allow us to make it to our tenth anniversary.

The company that had graciously and wonderfully hosted FictionAlley for years, allowing us to be mostly ad-free and enabling us to focus our fundraising efforts on projects like the Katie O'Brien Memorial Scholarship, has been purchased by a larger company, and while they are able to give us a discount on hosting fees, we've gone from paying nothing to paying about two hundred dollars a month.

The staff of FictionAlley has been able to underwrite this for the last few months, but we can't continue doing so without two changes, a request, a question and a project.

First, the changes:


1. There will be more ads on FictionAlley - Google ads on the front page and what we hope will be unobtrusive and noninvasive ads in FictionAlley Park. We will, at this point, not put banner ads on pages with fics, although if we don't get enough donations, that may have to change later on. If you see an ad that you're interested in, please click on it!

2. We are going to send occasional emails reminding our registered users to purchase iTunes downloads and apps via our iTunes link, and to purchase items on Amazon - if you want to buy the new Harry Potter LEGO game, for example, or pre-order the next series of GLEE or get Naomi Novik's new novel, it would benefit FictionAlley and all of us if you did so using our links. When the Deathly Hallows films are released, you'll be able to buy tickets via our links, and support FictionAlley while enjoying the films.

The Request:
Please, donate to support FictionAlley. Anything donated above and beyond our immediate needs for hosting fees will go into our Buy Our Own Servers fund, which will give us more control over our servers and lower prices for monthly hosting costs. You can donate via the little button right here:








We are enrolled in Matching Fund plans at Google, which would result in a doubling of your donation's value. Other companies also have matching fund plans, and we are happy to supply whatever information is necessary so you and we can utilize that. Let us know if you have any questions or need more information.

At this point, $800 will cover our hosting costs for the rest of the year, and $4000 will cover new servers so that starting in 2011, we can be independent and not worry about unexpected ISP fees. In other words, if about 350 people give fifteen dollars each, we are all set. Anything above and beyond that will go to revamp the site, modernize and upgrade the art and fic submission and review process, and create a system that will allow us to host larger-scale group projects.

Can you help? Can you send five, ten, fifteen or fifty dollars via PayPal to SupportFA@fictionalley.org this month, or donate $5 every month? You don't need a PayPal account - if you don't have one, you can use a major credit card.

(Or if you're with an ISP that might be able to underwrite some or all of our three-server configuration, please email me!)

Also, if you're planning on shopping through Amazon or other stores, please use the links at this page or shop via iGive. A portion of every dollar you spend at those stores is donated by the store to FictionAlley.

Thank you so much for all your support.


Best,
Team FictionAlley

PS - Remember, FictionAlley is a 501(c)(3) - we were one of hte first fan-groups to ever get that designation. In other words, all this means that contributions to FictionAlley, as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, may be eligible for deduction when computing your income taxes in the United States; please check with your tax planner, attorney or accountant if you have any questions or for specific information, or if you are from a country other than the United States.

FictionAlley Park

FictionAlley Park is currently suffering a doxy infestation. We're working to clean them out as soon as we can gather enough Doxycide and get the park up and running again. Thanks for your patience!

Another Update

If you're having trouble getting parts of FictionAlley to load, the reason for this is because it's taking some time for the DNS entry changes made this morning to stabilize. This means that the site is coming and going: one moment you can get in, the next you can't. According to the Techs, this may continue for a couple more days, but, as I said in the last post, by Monday things should be set.

If anything changes we will post an update here.

Update

I received an email from Heidi this morning, who gave me an update on what's going on with FictionAlley. The DNS entries have been changed for all the domains connected with FA and things should start to come back up soon. There's an Apache error at the moment with Schnoogle, but that is relatively easy to fix, but just might take some time for the proper people to take a look.

Nonetheless, everything should be back up and running by Monday, and maybe even sooner. Updates will be forthcoming as the site comes back online.

Thanks again for your patience!

EDIT: It looks like things resolved more quickly than expected, and the site is now back up! If you notice any problems please email the Help Desk at help @ fictionalley.org.

EDITED AGAIN: The site is coming and going, so one moment you can access it, and the next you can't. See this post for a new status update.

FA is Down

As I'm sure you all have noticed, FA is currently down. There were some periods of time this morning where some people were able to access the site while others were not, but at this time it seems that the site is down for everyone.

Thanks to some digging by our tech-minded people, we've discovered that the main problem is a DNS entry issue on one of our servers. However, the person who handles all FA's DNS-related things is currently unavailable, so nothing can be done at this moment. We ask that you continue to be patient and we will hopefully have things back up and running soon. Once the site is available, an update will be posted here and on our Twitter account.

We apologize for any inconveniences this has caused you, and beg your forgiveness. We are just as frustrated as you are with this entire thing.

FAP is back!

FictionAlley Park is now back up and running! Thanks for your patience as we sorted everything out.

As always, if you notice that something's not working, feel free to comment here or send an email to help @ fictionalley.org.

(Sidenote: We are aware that some parts of the site - HP Ink Pot, Lumos Dissendium, and the HP Wiki - are still non-working. I can't give you an estimated date that they'll be back up, as we aren't completely sure of the problem, but please know we are working on resolving what's wrong. Once they're back up, an update will be posted here.)

FAP is Down

FictionAlley Park is currently down. We are aware of the problem and have requested a reboot from our server provider.We will hopefully have everything back up and running soon and apologize for the inconvenience.

Some progress!

Good news! Riddikulus is now back online. However, HPInkPot and the HP Wiki are still down, and we are continuing to work to bring them back online. Please continue to let us know if you're receiving server errors and/or other issues when accessing the site by contacting the Help Desk at help @ fictionalley.org.

Again, we apologize for the continued inconveniences, and ask for your patience as we work to get everything back up and running.

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