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If You're Frustrated About PINAC's Tech Problems, You're Not Alone

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From my Facebook page: “This is how it must feel like to enter a PINAC discussion thread without much regard for the First Amendment . I’ve seen it happen several times over the years and it’s never pretty.”

 
If you’re reading this post, then you’re one of the lucky ones.

Odds are, you have been unable to access this site much in the last few days. Or if you have the patience of Job, then you have been able to view the site only after waiting a painful eternity for it to load.

It’s even worse on my end because it takes more than twice as long than normal to post a story, requiring me to hit publish multiple times, only for the coding to get stripped out where I end up with a giant block of text instead of a multi-paragraphed story.

It’s extremely frustrating.

The problem, I am told, is a CPU overload most likely a result of the newly installed forums. And that’s considering we are already running on multiple servers.

A quick solution would be to add more servers or bandwidth, but I am already paying almost $300 for hosting and bandwidth (invoices below) without making nearly that much in income from the blog at the moment.

I’m hoping that will all change through advertisement but we haven’t generated much response from the advertising plan we introduced last week.

So I will probably look into implementing Google AdSense, which is the last thing I wanted to do because it leaves me no control of the ads that are placed on the blog while bringing in a fraction of what the advertiser pays Google.

But something needs to be done in order for me to keep this blog running.

As usual, I will ask for donations as much as I hate doing that. I’ve never been good about asking for money, even when I’ve earned it.

We’ve introduced a new feature where you can donate a fixed amount of dollars where it reoccurs every month. If everybody who reads this site regularly would donate $5-a-month on a reoccurring basis, it would solve everything.

But Pareto’s Law dictates you will never get 100 percent of the people to do anything in unison, so I need to find other solutions. You can also make a one-time donation by clicking the donation button at the bottom of this piece or at the top left-hand corner of the site.

And, of course, you can help support the site by purchasing merchandise from the PINAC Nation merchandise store where I’m hoping to introduce new designs soon.

We have grown into a very active community over the years that might not agree on everything, but we do agree on the First Amendment. In fact, we are downright rabid about it, which is why I posted the above photo.

This is no place for the thin-skinned and that is exactly why we can use this platform to hold public officials accountable when it comes to recording in public. After all, we know the mainstream media is not going to do it.

But in order to do it in the most effective manner, we need to ensure this site runs as smoothly as possible without any glitches or hitches.

Over the next few days, we will try to make adjustments to lower the CPU usage without expanding bandwidth. It’s a technical issue that is way over my head, so I have to depend on the guys who helped me install the forums, who are scattered all over the globe, which means it is difficult to get everybody working together at the same time.

One of my immediate goals after we resolve that issue is to install a feature in the left sidebar where we can see new forum posts as they are posted, which would provide a nice balance to the right sidebar which features the top-rated forum posts.

It would also place your posts on the front page of a nationally renowned blog that continues to grow in popularity and notoriety.

And there are many other issues, many that have to do with the videos and photos in the blog posts,  that also need to be resolved, but rest assured, I will continue working to improve this site because there is no doubt it is absolutely necessary.

We just need to get past these growing pains.

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Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.