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Important Announcement

Posted by Admin on December 3rd, 2012


In view of the problems experienced recently (slow/no access), and the similar situation at the beginning of the year, I have signed up with a new hosting company today. I am aiming to have the site transferred to the new server on Sunday (9th Dec). At this stage I do not know how long this will take but there is bound to be some downtime, however I will try to ensure that this is kept to a minimum.

Getting a better level of service and support obviously comes at a price. Since its inception the annual hosting and domain name renewal costs for Fifteensquared have been met by Neil Wellard, the site’s founder and former administrator. I do not think it is reasonable to expect him to dip further into his pocket for the benefit of us, the site’s users, so I am therefore seeking donations towards the hosting costs.

Please indicate in a comment below if you are willing to contribute and I will get back to you by email. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact me at Fifteensquared[at]btinternet[dot]com or via the usual Admin email address.

105 Responses to “Important Announcement”

  1. Geoff Anderson says:

    I’ll be happy to contribute. Tell me how. – Geoff [uk]

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks, Geoff. I’ll email you when I have seen what level of response I get to my appeal.

  3. allan_c says:

    And me!

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks allan_c

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Me too – just let me know how.


  6. chas says:

    I’m willing to help – provided it does not exceed what I as a pensioner can pay.

  7. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks K’s D

    Thanks chas. The level of contribution will be entirely up to you.

  8. Median says:

    Count me in for a few quid.

  9. MikeC says:

    And me.

  10. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Median & MikeC

  11. Robi says:

    Yes, I’m happy to make a contribution.

  12. nmsindy says:

    So am I.

  13. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Robi and nmsindy

  14. Bracoman says:

    Only too pleased to make a contribution.

  15. JohnR says:

    Happy to help, like so many of those who value the site

  16. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Bracoman & JohnR

  17. cholecyst says:

    Count me in.

  18. Stella says:

    And me, though what I can apport will depend on exchange rates and how the payment will be made.

  19. grandpuzzler says:

    Me too – hope you take Yankee dollars!


  20. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks cholecyst, Stella & grandpuzzler

  21. matt says:


  22. muck says:

    Happy to contribute

  23. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks matt & muck

  24. Eileen says:

    Me too, of course.

  25. Susan Thackeray says:

    Count us in

  26. Wickball says:

    And me. Please advise suggested amount.

  27. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Eileen & Susan

    Thanks Wickball. As I indicated above, the actual amount is up to the individual but it is looking as if the maximum per person will be less than £5 (and a lot less if the offers of help keep comming in at the rate they have been doing).

  28. chas says:

    Is that £5 per month or £5 per year (asked in hope)

  29. tupu says:

    Hi Gaufrid

    I’ve just seen this. Count me in too.

  30. Gaufrid says:

    Hi chas
    Sorry I didn’t make myself clear. The current donations are to cover the cost of hosting the site for the next 12 months (which I have already paid). I will no doubt come cap in hand again next December.

    Thanks tupu

  31. tupu says:

    Thanks Gaufrid for sorting all this out. No easy task I’m sure.

  32. chas says:

    That sounds fine.
    Once you know the details then please let us know how to get the money to you.

  33. Tramp says:

    Count me in

  34. Gaufrid says:

    chas @32
    Of course I will. You will receive an email in a day or two when everyone has had a chance to respond.

    Thanks Tramp.

  35. flashling says:

    I’ll gladly contribute to the funds Geoff.


  36. brucew_aus says:

    Please let me know and I will as well – it’s a great site.

  37. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks flashling & brucew_aus

  38. muffin says:

    I would be happy to contribute to this excellent site, so long as it can be set up in a sufficiently secure manner.

  39. PeterO says:

    Count me in.

  40. stiofain says:

    Me too, a paypal donation button is easy incorporated and any extra money can be diverted to the “Dentures for old setters” charity.

  41. HazzaBean says:

    Me too.

  42. Dave Hennings says:

    Geoff, count me in for a donation. I’d be interested to know which hosting company you’ve chosen as I’m looking to move the Crossword Database too.

  43. shuchi says:

    Hi Gaufrid, I’ll be happy to contribute. Also, I shifted hosting from dreamhost to hostgator a couple of months back and had no downtime at all. Will email you the details. Hope it works out smoothly for fifteensquared too. All the best.

  44. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks muffin, PeterO, stiofain, Hazzabean, Dave & shuchi.

  45. bridgesong says:


    Happy to make a contribution (you may remember that I made a similar offer about a year ago!)

  46. John Appleton says:

    I’m happy to contribute.

  47. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks bridgesong & John A.

  48. liz says:

    I’ll be pleased to chip in. Liz

  49. Conrad Cork says:

    Moi aussi. (And as K’s D will know that doesn’t mean I am an Australian.)

  50. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks liz & Conrad

  51. Bertandjoyce says:

    We have just returned from holiday and saw your announcement. We’d be happy to help!

  52. sidey says:


  53. ernie says:

    Happy to contribute. You should not have to bear the full cost for this great site.

  54. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Bertandjoyce, sidey and ernie

  55. Glow-worm says:

    Count me in, Gaufrid — can’t have 15 Squared suffering from austerity….

  56. jandai says:

    Yes, I will contribute.

  57. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Glow-worm & jandai

  58. Mitz says:

    In. By the amount of my Captcha…

  59. twencelas says:

    I, too, am more than happy to donate.

  60. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Mitz & twencelas

  61. Tees & Neo says:

    Us too.

  62. claire says:

    Add me to the list (it will have to be Euro, though). Good luck.

  63. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Tees, Neo & claire

  64. Flashling says:

    But paul b is too mean ;-) tees?

  65. mike04 says:

    More than happy to contribute, Gaufrid.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  66. Otis says:

    Happy to contribute.

  67. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks mike04 & Otis

  68. Paul B says:

    Oh, go on then.

  69. Sil van den Hoek says:

    I am a bit slow sometimes.
    But, of course, count me in as well.
    Where would be without Fifteensquared?

  70. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Where would WE ALL be without Fifteensquared?
    (was what I meant to say)

  71. Paul Wigham says:

    I’ll happily make a contribution

  72. jmac says:

    I would be be more than pleased to contribute.

  73. Ferret says:

    Happy to chip in……….adding a few letters because my post is too short :-)

  74. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Sil, Paul W., jmac & Ferret

  75. Gervase says:

    Sorry, Gaufrid – I’ve only just noticed this. Of course I’ll contribute as well.

  76. anio says:

    put me down for a fiver

  77. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Gervase & anio

  78. PeeDee says:

    I will contribute too.

  79. Denizen says:

    I’m very happy to contribute as well

  80. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks PeeDee & Denizen

  81. sppaul says:

    Yes, happy and willing to join in the kitty.

  82. togo says:

    In case my post on the ‘next’ announcement is missed on this theme, I’m repeating it here: I’d be delighted to contribute.

  83. FlutterBy says:

    Crikey! Hard to get a word in edgeways here!

    Happy to chip in a fiver or tenner. Paypal would be my favourite method if available.

  84. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks sppaul, togo & FlutterBy

  85. agc says:

    I have ‘lurked’ on this site for over a year without ever posting a comment but it would detract from my crossword solving experience if it was to disappear so please count me in.

  86. AndrewB says:

    Up for it too as a v rare contributor but frequent lurker. Looks like you might generate a surplus. Save for next year too? Or a charidee? Or a couple of quid on Bob’s Worth for the Gold Cup?

  87. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks agc & AndrewB

  88. dtd says:

    Count me in

  89. SimonP says:

    Count me in (another long-time lurker).

  90. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks dtd & SimonP

  91. AndyJ says:

    I too will be only too glad to contribute.
    Keep up the good work.

  92. UncleAda says:

    A tenner coming your way as soon as you post payment method.

  93. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks AndyJ & UncleAda

  94. Querulous says:

    Yet another lurker – count me in.

  95. KGF says:

    Yes. I’m happy to contribute too

  96. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Querulous & KGF

  97. Gaufrid says:

    Hi KGF
    I tried to email you but it bounced so I think perhaps there was a typo in the address you entered. Please email me at the address given above.

  98. ClaireS says:

    Another rare contributor but frequent lurker here. Happy to contribute, even if I do usually post on the “other” site :-)

  99. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks ClaireS

  100. mhl says:

    I’d be delighted to contribute to the running costs of the site, either as a one-off or a regular donation.

  101. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks mhl

  102. Antjhony Sidford says:

    count me in in for a small regular donation. would find life without 15squared less fulfilling

  103. LoonyLefties says:

    We agree with Anthony at 102, about life at least. As avid Guardian cryptic fans, we have really enjoyed checking Fifteensquared when foxed or not sure why the answer is what it obviously is. And at other times just for a smile. Count us in for a donation.

  104. JollySwagman says:

    Include me in.

  105. Kathryn Friedlander says:

    Coming late to this, but I’d love to help out, too.

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