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10905 No. 10905 ID: 632b3e Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
My fellow OPERATORS, the state of the chan is…. Meh.

I say this not to be a Debbie Downer, but to frame in your minds the questions we must answer as a community as to what those who come here to browse or post value and what can or even should be done to maintain and transform this site.

Financially, we are in alright shape. There was a lukewarm response to the initial donation drive, but more people signed up for the Patreon than I thought. Provided the patrons keep paying, we have enough to ride out the rest of the year on our current server.

However, our current server is still relatively expensive, especially for the traffic the site gets. Operatorchan takes up a lot of server space, and while as discussed previously having a dedicated server is nice for reliability, the utility and cost just don’t match. I will be working with Godverdomme to find cheaper options either with our current hosting company or a different one depending on what’s available. My goal is to reduce costs to below the current level of patronage. This is not without challenges, as the current build of the site has been basically chugging along untouched for years now. Moving to a new server will not be a copy and paste operation. I will post updates on that as it happens.

A note on paypal. Paypal is dicks. Our saved jewgolds are safe, but I don’t see paypal as a viable long term option for collecting donations anymore. I will be researching alternatives. In the meantime, patreon can deposit directly to opchan’s bank account so that seems to be a viable option for now. I just had a lengthy phone conversation with an Irishman named David who tells me that their “compliance division” is going into overdrive to combat money laundering and he’s fielding tons of calls about limited or locked accounts. If they want to make the service unusable, I am happy to oblige. I was actually worried this would happen eventually which is why we have a backup financial system and our threads won’t be repo’d.

So, we must change the server situation. Also in the technical realm, Kusaba X continues to be utter shit. The longer it runs the harder it is to keep it from falling apart and you may have noticed some content loss on older threads. It will fail. An alternative platform must be identified. This is no longer optional. I will have more free time starting in March and I will be able to devote more time to researching and implementing something new.

In the meantime, I will be creating a facebook group as an emergency backup. The operatorchan facebook page is doing pretty good. 1.6k followers and 62k reach with 27k post engagements in the last month. It’s a fun place.

I’ve been able to conclusively link high reach facebook posts with bumps in site traffic. Not huge, but measurable. Since facebook is easy, Mammoth and myself will be continuing to post shit. Facebook is
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>> No. 11025 ID: 82a3e8
Ive just been busy as shit with work, trying to get as much OT and stuff as possible cause I got opchanners to pay back.
>> No. 11026 ID: 632b3e
What hashtags for twitter and instagram should I be adding to shit?


No. 10379 ID: 9dcda2 Locked Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
  > be at work
> doing annual maintenance
> nothing exciting happened
> come home and make new work talk thread

*shrugs*

I really wanted to make a thread with this song.
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>> No. 10903 ID: 632b3e
Moving to /arch/
>> No. 10904 ID: 632b3e
Saved forever.


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11027 No. 11027 ID: 632b3e Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Good afternoon OPERATORS,

We have reached that time where we are running low on server moneys. Unfortunately due to all the other admins being completely unwilling to help, and me being extraordinarily busy, a formal donations drive has not been organized.

Towards that end, to keep the lights on please paypal money to:

operations@operatorchan.org

The old "donations@" account was flagged by paypal as potential money laundering and wanted Swissguy's dox, which he graciously tried to provide but they kept a bunch of restrictions on the account anyway. I've gotten the money out of it and moved it to the operations@ account, as well as a few more months worth stashed in a bank account I maintain which can be used to pay the server folks. The donations@ account has been closed, so if you try to send money there you will get a bounceback, or paypal will just eat your money, who knows. If you would like to donate via alternative means drop me a line at jedidachshund@operatorchan.org or hop on IRC and we can discuss.

Remember that server costs are $68.95 per month, we have enough to get us through the first quarter of 2017 so far.
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>> No. 11082 ID: b70387
>>108726
https://www.google.com/wallet/
This seems like the most direct competitor to PayPal for this purpose. A lot of the same risks, too, I'm sure. Seems like it's biased towards moving money directly into a bank account, which is probably the way to go.
>> No. 11083 ID: 632b3e
>>108735

Yep. I have a feeling it will present most of the same problems as paypal though. I did use it to accept some donations last time.


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9854 No. 9854 ID: 2f62b7 Locked Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
>be at job
>boss comes over, says we have a big order on these new parts
>says to go find 3 double vises so we'll have six parts on machine at once
>sure thing
>find the shit, set stuff up, line up vises, make some aluminum jaws
>boss comes back with a new program to make jaws the right shape to hold part
>fiddle around with programs, get softjaw stuff done
>next day, start making first set of parts
>lots of tiny details inside
>imagine hard drive cases
>shit is flying
>all carbide tooling
>machine is a nice little high speed girl, brand new
>spindle doing 24000RPM
>rapid movement is 2000 inches per minute or something fucking wild
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>> No. 10376 ID: dcdca6
I'll move this to /arch/ when I get home
>> No. 10377 ID: f49edb
saved forever


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9099 No. 9099 ID: ae87b5 Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
My fellow OPERATORS,

It’s been just about a year since the new administration and moderation team took over Operatorchan, and I am here to tell you that the state of the chan is… stable.

The servers and code ran smoothly all year without too many hiccups, and traffic has remained steady throughout the year with 12-15k unique “visitors” each month, which due to people browsing on their phones probably indicates about 9-12k actual people visiting the site per month. I’ll post some interesting statistics about those people in subsequent posts with some infographics. Our biggest userbases continue to exist in the US, Germany, the UK, Canada, France, and Australia, with a mishmash of Scandinavian and Slavic countries following after and a smattering of South American and Asian countries scattered throughout. On average, any given person visited Operatorchan twice per day and viewed about 6 pages of content.

Financially, there is enough in the bank to pay server costs through February 2017. Domain registration is taken care of for the next 4 years so that’s not a big concern right now. That is all user donated money. The donation drive was a success in that regard, and your generosity with actual money is probably the best indicator that the site continues to be relevant. Romanov promises he will not drop of the face of the earth again and will distribute PBE winter patches to those who wanted them. A big shout out to Mammoth for handcrafting banana mags for the top donators. We will need to do another fundraiser this summer to extend the site’s longevity, and I know I have learned some lessons from the last one about how to perhaps run it a bit better and eliminate some of the uncertainty. Next year I will have the standard donation prizes in hand before we start, and send them out as donations roll in. Romanov is a great guy, but he has a real life like the rest of us and relying on him entirely for the patches maybe wasn’t the best idea.

In terms of outreach effort, Mammoth and myself have been running the opchan facebook page with varying degrees of engagement. I made and sometimes post to an opchan twitter account but twitter is fucking painful. We have 2,000 followers but they are all tea party wankers who don’t retweet, like, or visit opchan stuff. So fuck ‘em. There may be outreach potential on Twitter, but I’m not finding it. If anyone is willing to take on that project, drop me a line. Facebook on the other hand has been somewhat more successful, with 546 people following the page and positive interactions at least sometimes. Overall, for social media I would describe the total results as “meh” - but it does seem to vary according to the effort put in. As an anecdote, one post about CZs resulted in the staff of Laugo Arms in czechland all following the page. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to see happen more frequently, because that’s how to get new blood
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>> No. 9228 ID: 793e55
So for any new meetups that we are trying to organize, do we just post in /t/ now?
>> No. 9229 ID: 53d758
>>103889

Yep


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5898 No. 5898 ID: e7f332 Locked Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Ladies, Gentleman, or (Other),

It is time once again to refill the coffers. As you may know, Operatorchan is completely funded by its users. So far this model has been very successful, with enough money coming in to pay for quality servers that keep us running error-free.

I have detailed the current financial situation here:
>>97926

The short version is that we have enough in reserve to get us through the end of 2015. Stalwart OPERATORs have already begun pledging their hard earned cash towards extending that timeframe into the glorious future.

But we need more! My primary goal is to raise the $800 or so it costs to run opchan annually. More would be great, but that'd be a great start.

Towards that end, we will be offering prize packs to the top 3 donators and 1 wildcard to be drawn from everyone else. We are currently working on the prize packs but rest assured they will grow as we amass more stuff:

1st Prize: 2 Banana Mags handcrafted by Mammoth, 1 Nikon M-223 scope

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>> No. 6024 ID: 634497
>>102682

Oh, cool! Thanks for taking the time to respond.
>> No. 6025 ID: ae87b5
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6025
Until the summer.


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5635 No. 5635 ID: be0c5c Locked Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Headphones have always kinda been a hobby of mine. The current market is overflowing with awesome examples of high-fi models and amazon has some great prices this time of year. If you're in the market for an entry level pair of high end headphones or just looking to upgrade, now's the time. I can't stress enough how much of a difference there is in your music when you hear it through a proper pair of cans.

I'll dump a bit of info for the time being, if you're looking for suggestions or have any questions feel free to ask.
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>> No. 5683 ID: e68bea
>>6337
when I looked into massdrop, it was like $850.
>> No. 5684 ID: e7f332
Good thread. Saved forever.


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5419 No. 5419 ID: 4bab19 Locked Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
A time of New Year's Resolutions and Change (TM) is upon us again, gentlemen. In the past years, we've gone for the Keep Calm and Carry On approach. This year will be different.

What we aim to do is to replace all three current administrators, as well as make some changes to the moderator staff. We've long thought about what would be the best way to put this into action, but we never really found a good way to do it. We decided to put it off, until we found a better solution. This has however led to a stalemate. We've now decided to go with the "least bad" approach we could think of to regain momentum.

So how will this be set into motion? First of all, we're asking for volunteers for the three open administrator slots. Everyone is welcome to place their candidacy (this includes current mods), but for obvious reasons you must have (had) an active role in the community that has been recognisable enough for us to know you.
The administrators carry the responsibility to keep OPchan running (though not necessarily technically) and together they decide the direction into which to take OPchan. Practically this means drafting moderating rules which are enforced by the moderators, making advertisement deals, making sure the bills get paid, organising donation drives and being the primary point of contact for OPchan. Although money will be part of your responsibilities, it's not a direct concern right now since OPchan is in fine financial health.
From the list of candidates, the current OPchan staff will elect the new administrators. If there is a tie, the current administrators will act as tie breakers, using their casting votes.

Once the new administrators have been elected, their first task will be to go through the list of volunteers for the moderator positions and appoint those they think fit the bill. The new moderators will complement the current ones.

Candidates for the administrator or moderator positions can say so in this thread (be sure include your email address) or mail me directly if you prefer to keep things under wraps.

Good luck, merry xmas & a happy new year to all.
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>> No. 5633 ID: e760f8
>>94143

/n/ is, as usual, a hot topic for rule changes - I dont want to jump the gun on announcing things that arent finalized but /n/ will likely be less restrictive.

Rather than ontinue in this thread, please make a rule change wishlist in /sug/ for us to peruse.

Congrats to the new mods. They have wide discretion in enforcing the rules as written. Be gentle to them while they learn the ropes.
>> No. 5634 ID: 9e2974
>>94144
Okay done.
http://www.operatorchan.org/sug/res/2348.html
Good luck, new Mods!


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9230 No. 9230 ID: 3d73dc Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Is anyone interested in a new travelling box?

Stipulations:
Post 'I want it' with an email to get added to the master list.
Each member is allowed the box for one week.
You can only get the box once a month (IE, three people must seperate your claims of dibs).
Buy in is shipping. Don't be an idiot.

ALSO,
If there's a lot of interest, anyone wanna donate 1-2 dollars on paypal to add to my ~20 budget for the box?
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>> No. 9852 ID: e1765b
  >>103519
>more accurate for this thread
>> No. 9853 ID: ae87b5
Guys this thread is ancient and necrotic. The box is lost. I will archive this soon.


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4190 No. 4190 ID: 42ca4f Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Post your guns (and yours alone!).

Rules: No post without picture.
Bonus credit: Quality photography is highly appreciated.

Pic related, my Sig P220 showing some battle scars in decidedly *not*-quality photography.
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5417
Freedom acquired.
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5418
Just got this last week from classicfirearms. Very nice to shoot, obviously the tapcok furniture will have to go pretty soon in lieu of a FAB UAS-AKP stock and mayhaps a damage industries forend assembly. Not sure if I want to have to go through the trouble of fabbing the muzzle to put a brake though.


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