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Title: UPDATE - We Are NOT Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Robert Vining on 10/09/14, 09:00 AM
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UPDATE: We are NOT Closing
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Hey guys,

It's been fun, but I don't have the time or desire to maintain this site any longer. Life has taken over.

If any of you want to take the entire site, including the downloads and find a new host for it, I'm happy to have that discussion. But it will have to be a unanimous decision by the admins of this site before we do something like that.

Keep in mind, this site averages 75 to 100 gigs of data transfer a month and there are currently 25 gigs of files here on the site.

The forum runs on SMF with Aeva Media for downloads. The Joomla site that is on the home page will not be included as its on an older version of Joomla that is not supported and I don't want to spend the 50+ hours it will take to migrate it to Joomla 3. It's not really been used for over 2 years now.

I'm looking to shut this down in the next 2 weeks. So if you have any ideas... feel free to speak up.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: skot71 on 10/09/14, 09:11 AM
That's a sad thing, but family first.  I wish I had the knowledge and time to take it over, but I don't.  Thanks for the ride, Robert, and good luck to you.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Gary Hamel on 10/09/14, 09:20 AM
Good luck and thanks for everything u have done.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/09/14, 09:20 AM
 :-\ didn't see this coming shame to see the site go been here for a long time wish i knew how to run and maintain the site i've got the time to do but no idea on how to run it.
Thanks for the years Robert,
Joe
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/09/14, 01:18 PM
As like everybody else I haven't got a clue how to maintain a site like this so I guess this means the end of an era has arrived.  Thanks Robert for 7-8 years of good times and great memories. Maybe we'll cross paths again in the future. and goodbye to all the members and other staff who have shared this experience with me it's been a great ride!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: swingeasy on 10/09/14, 03:07 PM
I have the time too but have no idea how to run a site like this.  Robert, thanks for the opportunities you have given me here, letting me post my cars and all.  Good luck to you in the future and thanks for all you have done for the Nascar 2003 community.  God bless you, my friend!!!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Chadley on 10/09/14, 05:33 PM
Sorry to hear this even though I've been away forever. Thanks to Robert mostly, but also to all of you guys who were part of my tenure here and all who have downloaded any of my cars and/or tracks. Have fun out there!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/09/14, 05:56 PM
Thanks ever so much for this forum. Very sad day indeed. I completley understand that family comes first. Many thanks to you for giving your time and energy over the years.... may god bless you and your family!!!!!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Tommy Patton on 10/09/14, 07:08 PM
Robert let me say first thanks so much  from my heart for the past years .in 2007 you took me in and help me get going with this game and help me become a great car  painter and made me a better driver which drove me to love this game .over the years I have seen this place grow so much do to all the people you have touched with this place plz keep in touch . Me and Rich have closed Dyno racing down do to the same reason .life has taken over . Ill never for get the great times here and also OSRL where we had some great racing and times . God bless you and the whole crew at RG

Tommy
former RG painter
and Friend
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: WoofGM on 10/10/14, 12:20 AM
This is some sad news. But I understand Robert's reasoning, time constraints and Family. There is a vast amount of informative help and flies covering a wide variety of NR2K3 mods over the years. Would hope someone can step in to keep it running.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Sage on 10/10/14, 02:18 AM
Robert...real life should always come first.
Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox these last couple of years. It's been a blast.

All the best of everything that life holds for you in the future.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Highbank on 10/10/14, 10:49 AM
Thanks loads for what this site has been, a cornerstone in our community. Hope you're not going to ride into the sunset as well.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Gchap on 10/10/14, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the years of allowing me to be associated with this fine group.  Many have helped me with problems with max 8 and 9.  Really will miss your site, but I agree that family and life always comes first.
Greg
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: fastway on 10/11/14, 07:44 AM
Thanks for everything. The site will be missed
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Randy C on 10/13/14, 09:07 PM
Thank you to all of you that have put up with my questions and requests. I have "met" some great painters and other knowledgable people who have been great friends to me. To Mr. Vining,  Thank you for your awesome website. I will truly miss this site.  Godspeed, Sir.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: vikes1026 on 10/14/14, 04:11 PM
Robert, I want to thank you for allowing me to be a Painter @ Racin' Grafix. I've learned a lot in the past few years. It's sad to see this site go, but like they say, "All good things MUST come to an end". Thank you again, and Good Luck to you, my friend.  :PDT_Armataz_01_37:
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Wes on 10/14/14, 06:19 PM
Looks like I better get busy downloading stuff  :-\ So sad to see but very understandable...this site has done so much for so many people and this wonderful game over the years. Thanks for everything guys!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Bernd48 on 10/15/14, 03:46 AM
>>> THANKS for all ! <<<

*** RESPECT ! ***
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Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/15/14, 12:16 PM
would it be very difficult to learn how to take this site over? what would someone have to do? And could the person who took it over get all the paints they wanted LOL?
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Wes on 10/15/14, 10:52 PM
Yeah I would be curious to know how much it would cost monthly to maintain and what not.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/16/14, 12:32 AM
As would I to like to know the amount and effort we'd need to look into the keep this site up and running
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Darrell Pace on 10/16/14, 09:16 AM
Really sad to log into the site and see this today. But family is always first and I will miss seeing the site here.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/16/14, 02:47 PM
perhaps a group of us can keep it going... I am willing to give it a try with help of course.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/16/14, 03:30 PM
I would also
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/16/14, 04:38 PM
I've already sent Robert a PM asking him about the costs and what we need to do to keep it going...I'm waiting on a response! Right now I'm having problems getting an attachment to upload! Anybody else having difficulty posting attachments?
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/16/14, 04:47 PM
I'm getting this error:

Your attachment couldn't be saved. This might happen because it took too long to upload or the file is bigger than the server will allow.

Please consult your server administrator for more information
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: psugorilla on 10/16/14, 08:11 PM
Robert,
Thank you for always having a place for the Cup90 carsets I have released over the last several years. Thank you for always helping me out whenever possible. And for keeping this site going for so long.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/16/14, 10:53 PM
Dawson and Jopa... if you hear anything let me know... lets keep this going in the honor of the founder... if he is okay with it
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/16/14, 11:40 PM
I have messaged Robert about I but haven't gotten a response yet.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/17/14, 09:19 AM
Dawson and Jopa... if you hear anything let me know... lets keep this going in the honor of the founder... if he is okay with it

That's great with me...any else having problems posting/uploading files?
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Randy C on 10/17/14, 10:23 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but, I'm confident that these guys could run this site.  I fully support you guys. Lets keep this site alive.     :Woot_Emoticon:
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Gchap on 10/17/14, 10:28 AM
If you're able to work out a way to keep this going, I'll try to help monetary wise as I can.  Good luck.
Greg
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Sage on 10/17/14, 02:10 PM
As far as the cost goes I think it gets back to Robert's original post...i.e. 25GB of files, 100GB of monthly transfer. I can't be certain, but there's a good chance Robert's running his own server (seeing as how he does this as a business), so it's a matter of asking how much the annual cost is. I can only speak from my own personal experience but my site's server costs me $55 a year. For that I get 10GB of storage & 300GB of monthly bandwidth transfer (but then, I don't need a lot of transfer as there's nothing to download from my site...it's purely informational).

That being said, there are some real good deals out there (I'm probably going to switch servers after 10+ years when my current contract's up in April)...even GoDaddy can be had for $3.49 a month ($41.88 annually) for 100GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth. There's even some better prices from servers you've never heard from to be had, but I think that would involve some research to find out about up-times and what-not.

If y'all are really interested in keeping it going, I'll chip in as well. Throw 5 of us together at $10 a head for a year and it should be covered. Or maybe not...my knowledge of server prices is limited. I do know a fair amount of coding but I know nothing about how to make a forum work.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/17/14, 03:16 PM
I'm in if we can get something lined up.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Randy C on 10/17/14, 03:19 PM
Message me an address for a collection and I'll pitch in. I'm with you guys. Just let me know how much. We get a couple of bucks from each member and we should be good.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/17/14, 04:21 PM
I'm all for it too...let me know how and when! I really would like to know if any body else is having upload problems? Are you guys even seeing my replies to this forum? Please give me a response!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Gchap on 10/17/14, 04:41 PM
I'm all for it too...let me know how and when! I really would like to know if any body else is having upload problems? Are you guys even seeing my replies to this forum? Please give me a response!
Dave, I see every one of your posts so far.  Have not tried to upload anything.
Greg
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/17/14, 05:53 PM
I'm all for it too...let me know how and when! I really would like to know if any body else is having upload problems? Are you guys even seeing my replies to this forum? Please give me a response!


Can't upload pictures so it would seem the site been locked down to post only
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/17/14, 06:53 PM
As far as the cost goes I think it gets back to Robert's original post...i.e. 25GB of files, 100GB of monthly transfer. I can't be certain, but there's a good chance Robert's running his own server (seeing as how he does this as a business), so it's a matter of asking how much the annual cost is. I can only speak from my own personal experience but my site's server costs me $55 a year. For that I get 10GB of storage & 300GB of monthly bandwidth transfer (but then, I don't need a lot of transfer as there's nothing to download from my site...it's purely informational).

That being said, there are some real good deals out there (I'm probably going to switch servers after 10+ years when my current contract's up in April)...even GoDaddy can be had for $3.49 a month ($41.88 annually) for 100GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth. There's even some better prices from servers you've never heard from to be had, but I think that would involve some research to find out about up-times and what-not.

If y'all are really interested in keeping it going, I'll chip in as well. Throw 5 of us together at $10 a head for a year and it should be covered. Or maybe not...my knowledge of server prices is limited. I do know a fair amount of coding but I know nothing about how to make a forum work.

I've done some forum moderating and have a little bit knowledge in that area!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/18/14, 12:47 AM
for 60 bucks a year... i am in ...heck I will pay the whole thing just to make it easier... let me know... i am in....
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/18/14, 08:21 AM
That's what I thought...hell I'll buy the damn site myself!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Randy C on 10/18/14, 08:36 AM
That's great news, Dave.   I know you can handle this.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Tommy Patton on 10/18/14, 06:53 PM
well if some of you guys can talk Robert into it .ill post $500 up to keep it going as long as the crew stays the same .hate to see it gone . I just know how to paint but nothing on running and keeping it up ..that was my deal with Rich when we had Dyno he took care of every thing with Joey and I was the bank. so lets see.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Griz891 on 10/21/14, 05:08 AM
I'm all for it too...let me know how and when! I really would like to know if any body else is having upload problems? Are you guys even seeing my replies to this forum? Please give me a response!
I tried uploading a car saturday for a render request to no avail Dave, so something is restricting it.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Johnny Racer on 10/22/14, 09:13 PM
While its going to be so sad to see this site disappear, I completely understand.  Its the same thing I went through a few years back when I shut down Outlaw Paintshop.  Its tough but sometimes its a decision that has to be made.  I will really be saddened to see the site go and just want to thank Robert and everyone here for all there hard work over the years.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Smoke on 10/24/14, 07:02 AM
A site like this isn't going to run on one of those 3.49 a month packages. You are going to have to come off with more than that and have a webmaster to boot. Good luck.

Robert I wish you well bud.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Robert Vining on 10/26/14, 01:02 AM
Hey guys... thanks so much for all the well wishes and support. As many of you have sent PM's or emails, sorry for the late or no reply until now. As I mentioned in the first post, life has gotten really busy lately.

Here's the deal... for the site to live on, I have to separate the Joomla and SMF integrations, because the site itself is an outdated, unsupported version of joomla, and if it gets hacked, the entire site would go down. I really didn't want to put 10+ hours of dev time into creating a new front page to the site, plus moving the 2500 or so files over from joomla (downloads2) to the forum downloads. However, I see there's a lot of support to keep it going, so I will see if I can schedule my team to work on this over the next few weeks if we find a small break in our work schedule.

Basically, this site is on a dedicated server which costs me $150 a month. I leased a 2nd dedicated server 2 months ago (also at $150 a month), and its running a much newer version of PHP than this old server is. This site is the last site to migrate from my old server over to the new server, and I was trying to avoid the work it will take to get the site ready for the new server. That's why I said I was shutting down.

So, another month of the old server was paid on Friday, so I basically have a month left to get this site moved to the new server. Which I will do.

We aren't going anywhere.

Keep your money guys... it was never about the money.

Thanks again for all your support. Really means a lot to me.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: DawsonvilleBill9 on 10/26/14, 09:47 AM
Robert if there is anything I can do to help transition this don't hesitate to ask me! I have more free time now that I'm retiring (not quite there 100% yet) but I have lightened the workload considerably!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Gchap on 10/26/14, 11:29 AM
Robert, this is great news to hear.  Thank you.
Greg
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Wes on 10/26/14, 03:42 PM
This is great! So pumped :13: :13:
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Randy C on 10/26/14, 07:12 PM
I know that I'm just another guy who asks for paints, but, it's great that RG will live on!!!   :clap:
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: jopajoe on 10/26/14, 07:22 PM
Thank you Thank You Thank you Thank you Thank You Thank you I probably can't say it enough but Thank you.Please let me know if and or what type of help you'll need in the future.
Thank you,
Joe
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: skot71 on 10/27/14, 07:25 AM
This is great news!!!  Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for this site and N2003 in general.
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/27/14, 03:43 PM
I m estatic to hear.... if there is anything I can help with to aide in the transition, please let me know... I will help in anyway that I can!!!!! Long Live Racin Grafix!!!! you Rock!!!!!!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: dhenn on 10/27/14, 03:43 PM
Can I pay for a month for ya to help out?
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Tom Delgado on 10/28/14, 06:21 PM
Been lurking for the longest time, but I'm ecstatic that this site will remain operational. Thank you guys for all that you do in providing excellent content to us :D
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: ongias25 on 10/28/14, 10:28 PM
This is great news!
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Steve Wright on 12/07/14, 10:45 AM
Thank You so much Robert and I'am so glad to see that it will stay up and running!!!!!!!   :Woot_Emoticon: :13: :)

Steve..........
Title: Re: Shutting down Racin Grafix
Post by: Highbank on 01/08/15, 12:52 PM
Late to the party but great news, another bullet dodged by the community....