that's a good point kfitting -
this is not being done as a way to make money, or even as a way to get donations, just a way to offset costs of hosting and get the advantage of pooling our money.
as such, we wouldnt want to accept more people than we can very comfortably handle on a server at super super fast speed. the objective is not to pack as many people as possible into it but rather to have a server that can handle the people on it with ease, and still have enough people adding to the pot to cover the hosting expenses comfortably enough so that if people drop in and out and fluctuate it won't cause any worries.
so the idea is just to see if we think there are enough members at dc, who are members because they like dc, who would be interested in this, and not to make this a reason to join the site!
i'm intrigued enough about this to explore it in methods short of moving the site. we are going to instead upgrade to a much faster plan (hopefully) for a month or so and see how it feels, and i'll be settting up accounts for people who are already members here, to play with, just to see if its something fun and intertesting for people. then we can figure out if there is enough interest to continue.
again, this is going to be a donation based thing with the same spirit as the rest of the site. its not for people wanting to host a real business site, and will really be just a community getting together to be able to get the advantages of making a group purchase.
once the server account is upgraded to be faster and bigger i will post instructions for people who want to set up a website. we will try to have to kinds of things, one will be super full control for people who want to have the fun of the full cpanel web server administration interface, which can be very fun to play with but very overwhelming in terms of all the things you can do, and then a super easy instructions for people who just want to use frontpage or ftp to upload their files without any troubles or complications.
id still like to find someone who is good at web server admin, and experienced with cpanel who wants to volunteer to help people, to help people out who could use help...