UPDATE: They’ve apparently reached their donation goal..I’m not sure how they’re working that stuff now. This post is a probably a bit outdated.
From an official ED sysop (DrunkenLazyBastard):
Hey folks, I’m an ED Sysop. I figured I’d give you the low down on what’s happening to set the record straight.
Our current problem with money arose from several factors. First and foremost our previous ad company dropped us because of some of the more risque articles.
In the past it generated enough ad revenue to allow us to more or less break even.
We were forced to switch to a shittier ad company (I’m sure you’ve noticed the annoying ads with sound by now) which hardly pays anything.
Secondly, we were the subject of an extensive denial of service attack which ran up our bills and pissed off our host to the point that they nullrouted our server for a day or so.
The bottom line is GirlVinyl and Joseph Evers (the owners of the site) have been paying a lot of money out of pocket for the last few months to keep the site afloat, and they just are not able to continue funding it on their own.
Hope that clears some things up, if you have any questions you can leave me a note on my ED user talk page.
PS: we use one of the largest 3rd party companies that deals with online purchases, so at no point do we actually see your info. Hey, we may be trolls hackers and other assorted malcontents, but screwing your own user base is a really dumb idea
Also to explain everyone else’s worries over PayPal and such:
PPS: we’re not using paypal because paypal haets us.They don’t do biz with offensive or pornographic sites, a catagory under which we (proudly) fall under.
The reason there’s no news on the ED blog is because the password has been lost and it’s not been retrieved. Once they get it I’m sure it’ll be your one-stop-shop for news.
DONATE to keep it alive! And to keep me from searing your eyes with any more bold text!
Original scare follows…
..or is it? I have to really wonder if this is just a convenient phishing scam, check the screenshot:
Just happened to see this today while wanting to reread one of my favorite articles (“Wapanese”, if you’re curious)
I would be more inclined to donate (I wouldn’t actually donate but I would consider it more) if it didn’t look so damn cheap. I understand if you’re hacked you have to rush stuff but it just gives off an air of…”I b stealun ya’z monies”
I guess that’s been proven false before though, I mean sometimes people trust the fake sites because they look better than the real ones.
I really do hope they’re not dying, they are an awesome site. I hope too that it’s not a hack. BUT either way I have to admit I don’t feel much pity for them. Wikipedia’s free without ads, why can’t they be? At the very least get rid of those ones that pop up before your page loads or while it loads.
I’m not downplaying the importance of donating to your favorite sites. It is important, especially if you want them to continue without ads and whatnot. It’s just that you should always be 2000% sure you know where your money and info is going.
Even if this is real (and the more this continues the more I doubt it), it could be done sooo much more elegantly. Don’t beg your users for money. Put a link on the pages like Wikipedia does or something..I will give them credit for only selecting an amount you want to donate, it seems a bit more secure but..something still seems amiss. Probably the fact it resembles all those other hacked sites, piss-poor formatting with big bold text.
Lastly, “been attacked and ran out of ads and money”? What…? They want me to donate when they’ve been attacked? How did they run out of money? How did they run out of ads? (there’s no shortage of those online :D)
Be wary about donating. Especially because this time they aren’t using PayPal. According to everyone down there in le comments, that’s the only money-handling system ED has used for donations.
There’s no news on their blog, there hasn’t been since late 2007. The mystery continues. Scooby Doo, where are you? Somebody from ED say something please!
Coincidentally, 4-chan is down as well (even the status page). Related? Probably not. Interesting? Yes, considering how ED has heapfuls of articles about 4chan and its memes.