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DP Money Bomb Update 2: Goal Met! Thank you everyone!

Update 2: DPer wafflehutguy sent this picture yesterday, and it made my day. This is his study, with three of my posters on his wall.

Update: We made it to the top tonight! Thank you to everyone who donated, and to FreeManOnLand for the last $195 to kick it over the top! I'm going to the post office to collect the checks, and to buy stamps tomorrow. I'll give you all the final tally then. I'll be sending out thank you postcards to everyone who donated, so if the address on your paypal account isn't correct, email me with your address: bull (at) bullnotbull (dot) com so I can make sure to get it to the right place.

I'm working on the site upgrade currently with the programmer. We're getting new server digs as well, donated by longtime DPer NCMarc and his hosting company FalconInternet.net, which will save us hundreds of dollars each month. Thank you Marc.

Thank you all for this wonderful community.

Michael

The Daily Paul is one of the last remaining, independent, dedicated Ron Paul sites on the internet, a remnant of the tremendous grassroots activity that spontaneously emerged around Ron Paul's 2007/08 presidential run that was so well documented in the film For Liberty. The DP is proof that the grassroots support for Ron Paul and his peaceful message of individual liberty is large, real, and not going away.

Not only does this site serve as a community meeting place, it is watched closely by the MSM. During the campaign we got mentions in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones and others. More recently, we all remember when ABC News showed a screenshot of the Daily Paul for several seconds in one of its evening stories. And when sunny first posted that HR1207 reached 290 cosponsors, the New York Times called Dr. Paul's congressional office for confirmation! Great news, the Times reads the Daily Paul! Further, the Daily Paul has an Alexa US traffic rank of 5,918. This means that out of the tens of millions of sites on the web, the DP is the 5,889th most popular site in the US. Not bad for a site with no employees and a shoestring budget!

All of this is possible because of each one of you. Thank you all for making the Daily Paul what it is, and continuing to do so. Our merry disorganized band of activists remains a force to be reckoned with across the country. This is the power of the internet.

I realize that without a view from behind the scenes, it looks like the DP just appears out of thin air, and rakes in dough from all the ads. I wish that were true. This site requires considerable effort on the part of myself, as well as the all volunteer mod squad to keep it going. Freedom, as the saying goes, is not free.

The Daily Paul is in dire need of a software upgrade. A lot of people have been complaining about the new spam filter, which is the best I can do given the limitations of the current software. There are other problems as well, and much more that the DP could be. At the moment, my hands are fairly tied. The DP runs on Drupal 5, which puts it close to two upgrade cycles behind the curve, meaning there are many powerful features that the site is missing out on. I'm generally of the “if its not broke, don't fix it” mindset, but in this world, it is important to keep up with the times. This month's Wired cover story The Tragedy of Craigslist made a unique impact on me. Even though Craigslist remains the most popular website in a variety of categories, the tragedy, according to the story, is its failure to evolve. This is a pitfall we cannot afford to slip into if we want to continue to grow our movement and spread our message.

I am committed to keeping this the Daily Paul online and being in the strongest position possible to support our liberty candidates in the 2010 elections, as well as Ron Paul's bid in 2012. This site is good, but it could be better and making it so will cost money. I'm not a programmer, so this job is something I'm going to have to outsource, and is going to run about $7,000 to do right. That may or may not sound like a lot of money to you. Software development is not cheap, and this is not a trivial task.

Please support this project with your donations. Also feel free to chime in below with any improvements and/or new social networking features you'd like to see on the site, as well as how to make the DP self sustaining.

I've set up a chipin for this little moneybomb. If you love this site, please donate to improve it and keep it going strong. If you cannot donate, please remember to make any of your amazon purchases via this link: www.dailypaul.com/amazon The DP will benefit with no cost to you.

If you would like to make a donation by check, you can find the address on the donation page: www.dailypaul.com/donate

The Daily Paul is a community resource. I am the keeper of this resource, and do my best to serve the community and our cause. In this case, I need your help.

Thank you for your continued support.

For Liberty!

Michael Nystrom
Keeper of the Resource
www.dailypaul.com



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Cheers!

For the DP!

I finally got my 2 large posters framed and on the wall

with a smaller Seattle Freedom Celebration handbill and one of the postcards from Michael. It looks great!
One of my big posters is the Ron Paul 2009 Calendar. Is there a 2010 Calendar in the works?

Michael Nystrom's picture

I wish there were

Unfortunately, I haven't had the time or the money to work on a calendar for this year

:(

He's the man.

you know Michael.. you could take advance orders for a calendar.

and then take some of the $$ to get supplies (unless your time is too tight..not sure how long it takes to make those )

Meant to get one last year..had a spot for it ..and all..but before you know if .. time had flew by.. :(

Well ... if enough demand is there ... Please make one.. this year!!

I appreciate all your work on Daily Paul

And I know you have too many irons in the fire!

cheers for 103+%

heck yeahs!

daily paul [is the]....sheazz!

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it's coming - http://www.dailypaul.com/node/118367

Merry Christmas*))
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Hey Mike, do you make enough

Hey Mike, do you make enough in ad revenue from this site to live off of, or do you have to work another job?

Ventura 2012

Michael Nystrom's picture

I wish

I have a regular job, and I'm having to work more hours.

I wish the site made enough to live off. It is very hard to make money online, unless you're Google, or some other super huge entity.

He's the man.

(sigh) BOY will it be nice to have the new and improved DP

It gets so frustrating having every new Forum topic I try to post get flushed down the toilet never to be seen again! Looking forward to the new site improvements.

_________
A Man's Country Is Not A Certain Area Of Land,
Of Mountains, Rivers, And Woods,
But It Is A Principle......
And Patriotism Is Loyalty To That Principle .
- George William Curtis

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

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Sorry

It is mostly a one man show around here, and I do have a regular job that is taking more and more of my time.

The new site will launch next week, I hope. It was going to be this week, but I didn't want it to interfere with Ron's hosting CNBC and Rand's moneybomb. It might be a little buggy at first.

I hope the new spam filter is an improvement, but if not, I'll be able to make you guys spam moderators - all you folks who always get your posts snagged.

He's the man.

Sorry for complaining Michael... just a bad day

You do an INCREDIBLE job. Hope you and your family have a beautiful Christmas. Maybe 2010 will be another big year for Ron Paul!
_________
A Man's Country Is Not A Certain Area Of Land,
Of Mountains, Rivers, And Woods,
But It Is A Principle......
And Patriotism Is Loyalty To That Principle .
- George William Curtis

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

elviejo~me too!

4 new topics just this morning I posted hours ago. All last week too...many down the hole..only one actually showed up! I hate that spam filter..very frustrating! Each post only had one link so I have no idea why.

**************

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Joη's picture

perhaps extremist article are a function of the site format

and if form follows function...good thing an update's coming!

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Joη's picture

Slashdot-like user-generated article tags

So over on Slashdot, they let users define article tags. Either by uniquely typing them in or voting up others, but the most relevant (and sometimes the funniest) rise to the top. I think this could be wonderfully useful in quickly judging what I want to look into on the DP. Take a look at Slashdot and you'll see what I mean.

In general, post metadata will greatly help in categorizing knowledge here.

I'm assuming the "active forum topics" format has undergone drastic changes.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Joη's picture

preventing duplicate article/topic posts

Ok, this may sound tough, and will need some trial and error, but based on tag, date, link, and keyword metrics, automated searching can find posts of similar, if not identical, content in a database.

Since I've been noticing a lot of double-posts, a list of links could be continuously generated with a heading like "Is this basically your post?" next to where an author is composing a post, at least showing them their info and discussion may already be here.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Gotta Get Mine Framed

I have a couple, still in the tube for safety. They are worthy of framing and display.

Someday this site will be some historian's or anthropologist's treasure trove.

IMissLiberty

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Thanks for the postcard

Thanks for the postcard Michael. You have neat handwriting. I will cherish the card of Dr. Paul.

Joη's picture

Google Wave

Google Wave might be a great thing to integrate into a new Daily Paul. Watch the video.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Good thinking

IMO this is a very excellent idea. The #1 feature I'd like to see added to the DP is the ability to embed photos, documents, and videos in forum posts. Google Wave is another level altogether and would allow each piece of embedded media to be analyzed in detail by the community. This would be a total game changer and would energize the DP even more.

However, in its current state of development I don't believe Google Wave is quite ready for the blogosphere. The primary issue being there's currently no hierarchical governance model to restrict content updates. With Wave any user can change any post at any time without any audit trail. Check out this article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/04/google_wave_enterpri...

As it stands today, if a person is invited to a Wave session they have full editing privileges on absolutely everything.

This would quickly degenerate into total chaos and infighting. In a corporate environment the hierarchy is organizational, i.e. an employee wouldn't mess with his bosses Wave posts. Haha, here at the DP we have no such command and control structure. I'd be interested to hear Michael's take on this.

Absent the ability to control content updates, this is something we should keep an eye one. If and when they added permission based user provisioning, then the blogosphere will never be the same. If it costs extra to integrate this onto the DP, then I say slap the Chip In back up and I'll make a very fat donation. Good thinking Jon.

Joη's picture

not quite

There's a history of who edits what in playback, so everything everyone does will be visible & signed.

Everyone is also shown who changed what upon new visits.

Though in general, I agree, some kind of "read-only" option is wise.

I was more thinking the way the blog updated with wave would be great here. And real-time communication. Etc.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Playback

Yes, that is an audit trail. But them not (currently) offering a management tool which would allow a webmaster to classify users as read-only only means the ability to see who changed your DP posting (and to the nonsense you never intended) would be doubly inflammatory. The Daily Paul wouldn't last a week of that. Still, IMO Wave has incredible potential. Thanks for posting about it.

Joη's picture

shorter vid if 1h20m is too long...

found here.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Bump for Jon's idea

I agree

Also.. I see the Amazon,com link at the top right under the guildlines... THANK YOU!!!!

Amazon link

I'm glad this thread re-appeared, I was looking for the amazon link earlier. I have a bunch of books and materials to buy and want to put it through DP. Besides this post, where is the link on the website? I probably overlooked it somewhere, but, Michael, can you maybe put it near the top of the page? Maybe more will use it if reminded.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Agree too

I buy stuff from Amazon all the time. I'd click through on a link from the DP if it was easy to find.

I second Aphrodite13's suggestion RE: Amazon link

It would save time. It took me 10 pages of searching to find this AFT to apologise for the returned check.

I'm sure we all have amazon purchases

I've already spent a few hundred this year, with another 200 or so coming up quick for homeschool supplies...easy link please?????

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

I agree.

It's a great idea. Especially with the holidays approaching. :)

Michael Nystrom's picture

Sorry

I'll put something up soon. But it is very easy to remember:

www.dailypaul.com/amazon

!

He's the man.