Some of you probably noticed the sporadic influx of spam postings over the past week or two. Sorry about that. As soon as I delete one account, another pops up—it’s like playing whack-a-mole. For a while there, I had to put a 24 hour brake on new members being able to submit anything in an attempt to mitigate the potential damage. I’ve since reduced that (to just half an hour). If the spammers return, I might have to crank it back up.
Anyway, like I said, I’m very sorry about that spam. Rest assured I’m doing everything in power to combat it, which mostly involves me being on high alert for new membership activity.
While I’m giving you the scoop on how I’m dealing with that issue, I thought it might be a good idea to let you know about the general costs involved in running The Session. Here’s a breakdown:
Hosting: $40 a month with https://digitalocean.com plus an additional $8 a month for automatic backups.
Email: around £50 a month for https://mailchimp.com to send out newsletters, plus an additional $7.50 every few months for https://postmarkapp.com for member-to-member emails, and $20 a year for a https://www.fastmail.com/ account.
DNS: $14 a year to https://dnsimple.com for the domain name, plus an additional $20 for the secure certificate.
Version control: $7 a month for a micro plan on https://github.com/
So all in all, that works out at an average monthly cost of around $120-$140.
If you’d like to make a donation towards the ongoing costs, you can do so from the front page of the site, where there’s a form linking through to PayPal:
I recently added the ability to make a recurring donation—you can select the amount from the dropdown on the homepage, and that will be passed on each month.
All donations are gratefully received, but if you’re not in a position to give a donation, don’t worry about it: every time you add a new tune setting, or keep a session listing up to date, or add new information to a recording, you are keeping this site going strong.
You’re the ones who really make this site. I’m just the caretaker. 🙂
Thank you all,