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XLN's future is looking bad

Discussion in 'Website Information and News' started by skullz613, Jun 30, 2024.

  1. skullz613

    skullz613 Administrator
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    I knew the time would come when XLN would have to face updating the vession we are on or face closing.
    Our webhost has to upgrade the servers software (Operating system, SQL, PHP etc) to versions that are safer and more up to date. This means websites will need to make sure they are upgraded so they will work on the new server software.
    XLN is running on an outdated version no longer supported by Xenforo so we would need to update to Xenforo's XF2 version.
    The license for the version we are on is owned by Icyhot. Its not fair to expect him to fork out for the upgrade on a site that is slowly dying.
    If there is enough financial support for XLN to live on, then I will put some money towards getting a XF2 license myself. I can not do this all by myself.
    Below is the basics we need to keep going. Prices are in USD
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    After that we will need to look at the sites theme as the one we are on will not work on the XF version we are on. There are also a few plugins that we will need but I dont mind paying for those myself.

    Time is not on our side as the webhost needs to get the upgrades done to the server ASAP.
    If we can't do this in time then I will make a basic homepage that the xlnation.city domain will land on, with information why we are down and how to donate to reach our goal.

    I hope we can keep XLN alive as theres no other site like ours that is solely for XL/XXL
    We have become the main source for mods and I'd hate to see it vanish for good.
     
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  2. veija2

    veija2 Mayor

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    Hi Skullz. I recently started taking XXL out for a spin again after years of not playing. I still love the game. I can't imagine an XXL experience that didn't include this site. I owe a debt of gratitude to you, Icy Hot and all the contributing members here. Thank you for all you've done.

    I pledge $50.00 towards the needed upgrades. Come on, XXLers, let's get this done.
     
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  3. axel

    axel Governor

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    Hey Skullz,
    I completely agree, and would like to donate 25 euros, but unfortunately I cannot donate more due to economic concerns here in the Netherlands. but I do want to contribute and hope that we can enjoy the site for many years to come and perhaps an upgrade will also contribute, I do my best to make as many mods as possible and still do that way to contribute to the game.

    P.s. I need to know where i can donate

    Cheers axel
     
  4. Kalrisian

    Kalrisian Executive

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    I would like to donate, but I don't have PayPal anymore. It would be a shame to lose this page. I will definitely play for some time. How time flies. I've been playing Cities for almost 15 years now. But one must not hide the truth. The game is hardly played by anyone anymore and there are no more mods. There is nothing going on in the forum either.
    Axel was the last one to release some mods. Thank you very much Axel!
    I hope for the best for XL Nation.
     
  5. evilcatdog

    evilcatdog Skilled Worker

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    Perhaps it may be wise to package the sites contents into downloadable packages for posting on other services eg clouds etc, and link to that from now on? It does seem that not many utilise the site here for anything other than nostalgia or downloading mods. Lets call it, and archive it. And share that widely. Just my opinion? But it also seems not far off from the total donations needed? How much is left?
     
  6. skullz613

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    As for archiving the site, this was talked about at somepoint but had not really thought about it more. The site traffic is still pretty good so people just are not active on the forums and just register to get access to downloads.
    I've added a goal to the donation box. One donation was made on the monthly one which I can include in the upgrade goal. $360usd to go if it's included
     
  7. veija2

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    What happens to donations to fund the upgrade if the goal is not reached?
     
  8. skullz613

    skullz613 Administrator
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    The goal end is roughly when XLN will go down as it will just error when the server update is done. I plan to setup a simple html page with a donation link and keep a tally on the page of the amount raised. I'm hoping that most of the total can be raised and as I mentioned I should be OK to put a bit towards it myself.
     

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