LCPDFR.com was a small community niche centred around from the LCPD First Response modification, and has now grown into a more general-purpose GTA community with a focus on law-enforcement modding.
Running it currently takes the work of 3x mid-grade VPS servers, 3x load balancing virtual servers and 1x Amazon Cloudfront CDN hire.
All of this doesn't come cheap, and is currently funded entirely by the development team.
We currently don't run ads, based on our previous experience at how misleading they can be and the fact the intrusion doesn't seem to justify the small tip money it provides.
In the month of March alone, we achieved around 1 million pageviews. There's no question the site has evolved to be a large GTA community beyond the predictions we had a few years back.
The site's running costs are on the increase, and we'd like to see if we could implement a system or set of ideas which can benefit the community and at the same time be un-intrusive and yet raise money for the site. We don't want to just go ahead and remove permissions and features without warning or consultation.
If you could find some time to take our survey, we'd appreciate it greatly, and since we value each one of your inputs, we want your opinion.
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