TR Emeritus needs your financial support (2019)

Dear readers

It’s a little awkward, so we’ll get straight to the point: On 1st December, we informed our readers that we are going on a semi-hiatus so that we can repair and upgrade our software and hardware to keep TR Emeritus (TRE) alive. [LINK]

We also humbly made an appeal for financial support to help us offset the estimated SG$10,000 costs for the needed upgrading of our software and hardware, but to date we have only received about US$560 (31st Dec 2018), which is way off the amount needed to effect the necessary.

Our appeal for financial assistance is displayed close to 100,000 times a day, so if everyone reading this donated a small amount, we could keep TRE going for a few years. The price of a cup of your morning coffee is all we need.

When we revived TRE in 2011, many warned us that we’d regret it because Singaporeans are basically apolitical and support for alternative websites are weak given the “fear factor” in many.  It would also be hard to generate enough income to keep the website going.

But we decided to revived it anyway because we are not out for profit, we want TRE to be a neutral platform for learning and healthy discourse. It unites all of us who love knowledge: contributors, readers and the supporters who keep TRE going.

The heart and soul of TRE is a community of people working to bring you unlimited access to reliable and neutral information,  and a platform for all readers to voice their opinions regardless of their race, religion or political affiliations.

We did appeal for donations in the past but we have never been able to meet our target and have had to top up from our own pockets. This time round, it may be our last appeal because TRE is falling apart and will die of old age (literally) in a few months, maybe in a year if we are lucky – if we do not perform the upgrade. Unlike in the past when there were 7 of us, there’s only 3 of us now and we cannot afford to fork out the difference anymore.

So, if you believe in what we do, please take a minute to contribute and help us keep TRE going. Thank you and Happy New Year 2019!

 

[email protected] Emeritus

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The problems which TRE is currently facing (excerpts from original post):

1. The platform and system (software) which the TRE website is running on have become outdated (since 2011) and needs to be re-coded and upgraded because current OSes are no longer supporting it.  Without re-coding the platform and upgrading the system, we are no longer able to update the website with the latest plugins and widgets necessary for the smooth operation of TRE.

Although our techie was able to upgrade the system to the bare minimum required for TRE’s outdated platform, the website is churning out errors on a daily basis and there is nothing our techie could do anymore. Simply put, TRE is falling apart and has to be upgraded soonest (or it will die of old age, literally).

Since our current theme is heavily enhanced and modified (by 3rd party programmers), conventional upgrading of the platform to the latest version supported by current system and OS just won’t cut it. Our techie have experimented with this many times over the months, each time failing to port the database over.

As such, we are left with no option but to engage the services of 3rd party programmers to effect the necessary. What needs to be done is beyond our techie’s pay grade.

Once we are able to complete the upgrade, we would like to proceed to migrate our current Core I7 servers to E5 servers to handle the extra load which the upcoming General Elections is expected to bring.

We will also be engaging a few writers to contribute, if our finances allow.

* Amount collected will be updated daily in the sliding announcement tab at the right-bottom of the website.

** Please note that all donations are purely voluntary and unconditional.  TRE gives no promises whether expressed or implied to any individual or organization of any return in kind or favour or whatsoever, other than the continued operation of our website. Please do not make a donation if you are not comfortable with the above stated, or for any other reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

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25 Responses to “TR Emeritus needs your financial support (2019)”

  • Just an idea:

    Why not you consider charging those writers whose “writings” appear here very often?

    Those writers do get some benefit from the publicity you give to their “writings”.

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  • On Hiatus TRE reader:

    Disagree. In fact those good writers/commenters should be paid for contributing but they didn’t want to. Except for those that turn off the readers with no substance, like CI, should be paying based on the amount of rubbish they generate here. They’re the reason why TRE is in such a pathetic state. Only <$100? Better wake up and allow more good articles and writers here so readers will feel happy to donate.

    Just an idea:
    Why not you consider charging those writers whose “writings” appear here very often?

    Those writers do get some benefit from the publicity you give to their “writings”.

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  • rukidding:

    Charged for contributions….then reward back for good article !

    If this were to be the method,…ha,ha, ha,…CI will “bo pian” and “disappear” in NO time !

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I have made my contribution hopefully TRE can do something to the “Rating”. Every article with more than 15 responses, the rating will be forever “Loading”.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear TRE,

    You should just close down your site.

    You will not get any donation.

    Have you not realize that opposition supporters are largely made up of whiners and leechers ?

    Yes, I dare say it out loud, opposition supporters are mere whiners and leechers.

    They just want to piggy ride on the back of others to enjoy the fruits of other people efforts.

    No one here can prove me wrong….hahahaha

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • Siva:

    Dear TRE,

    Have you considered services like WordPress, Webly etc.? From your comments on “outdated systems” and “Old OS”, it seems your technology stack is not modern and you are managing hardware and software that you need not have to.

    With services like what i mentioned above, you just need to pay a monthtly subscription fee (quite modest actually) and they take care of hardware, software, OS etc. Many top sites on the planet (e.g. disney and sony japan if i recall correctly) run on these services, so managing traffic is not a problem either.

    The only downside may be the list of available features might not have everything you seek. There could also be restrictions on layout, theme etc.

    But these services are very easy to learn and can be started by non-tech people. Please Google and learn about these services. It would be a shame if TRE closes down due to lack of IT budget.

    I made my donation, good luck!

    Tech: We tried and tested all the services you mentioned in 2011, when TRE was revived. However, due to TRE being very popular (we have less readers now) then, their limited functions and options was not feasible for our big site.

    We also considered shared services where the host manages the WordPress and hardware, but most plans offer limited options which TRE will simply utilise in a day. We then access more elaborate hosts but these charges more than if we were to have our own servers.

    Take for example, our current “modest traffic” TRE requires at least 32GB of RAM to run on. There are kn known hosts that offers such a plan, even for those dedicated to WordPress hosting. There are a few but the plans can go into thousands per month, much much more if we have our own dedicated servers.

    So, we went back to having our own servers in the end. Currently, we are looking at other options in case we may not be able to achieve the amount needed. Thank you.

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  • OE2018:

    I made my donation! Good luck in finding other cheaper options and may all TRE readers support the team!

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  • Zhenzidan:

    After publishing more than 100,000 times, only six persons donated only $100? Meaning each one donated less than $20? Then donate for what?

    Your Tech that day was boosting to me “Do you know since Oct TRE has been viewed 100,000 times? That shows people “ENJOY” reading TRE but dare not comment”

    If people really “enjoy” reading why they never donate? Furthermore your Tech also joined in the fray to whack WP and you noticed something? KJ and GMS also like to whack WP and look at their votes! The Tech kept saying WP is useless but oi! They raised $1 million in just 3 days you know? What about you?

    You seem to believe that it was CI’s articles that helped boost the viewings. Despite many readers grumbling about CI, you turned around and mocked at the readers saying they are not matured to know how to appreciate CI’s stupid articles! And yet you kept telling us you take feedback very seriously. I gave feedback with very harsh words but you all can tell me off by saying “You don’t own TRE”! Listening to feedback?

    I already said $10k is an amount I ca easily afford, and if 3 of you don’t even have that amount, please close down fast!

    I bet you won’t dare to publish my comments!

    Tech: There is nothig wrong with your comment to not publish, just your ability to read, absorb and comprehend. You also have a habit of taking my comments out of context and then spin it in the direction you want so I am not going to entertain you by rebutting this comment of yours. Besides, rebutting comments and untruths is beyond my paygrade.

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  • Cynical Investor:

    Zhenzidan

    Let’s deal. I’ll stop giving TRE permission to use my stuff once TeamTRE confirms that it has received yr $10,000 donation that u say you can afford. Deal? Talk is cheap. Walk the talk.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Cynical Investor:
    Zhenzidan

    Let’s deal. I’ll stop giving TRE permission to use my stuff once TeamTRE confirms that it has received yr $10,000 donation that u say you can afford. Deal? Talk is cheap. Walk the talk.

    I said before, I’d rather see TRE close down than paying money to get rid of you. You’re not worth even a piece of my shit !

    Only this stupid mod appreciate you, nobody else!

    Mod. You edit but please don’t remove this comment.

    Mod: Please refrain from calling others name and insulting the team here at TRE. If you don’t like the readers or contributors at TRE, you are free to visit somewhere else to pick a quarrel. Mods are here to moderate, not listen to your insults. Do that again, we will ban you permanently. Thank you.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Cynical Investor:
    Zhenzidan

    Let’s deal. I’ll stop giving TRE permission to use my stuff once TeamTRE confirms that it has received yr $10,000 donation that u say you can afford. Deal? Talk is cheap. Walk the talk.

    Why don’t you pay $10k for TRE since they always published your articles? No money?

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  • @Zhenzidan

    1. You come into someone house (TRE) and is treated with respect but you don’t reciprocate the same.

    2. You demanded that we remove other guests which you don’t like and wants us to redecorate the house because you don’t like the existing color and furnishing.

    3. You then hurl insults at the owner and family members, as if you are the lord of the house.

    4. Worst part is, you insulted a female member of the house when all she did was to request that you do not use foul language in the house.

    I have “known” you since you contributed your 1st poem to TRE. I was under the impression that you are a great poet (therefore very well educated, thus reasonable), since when did you change your profession to being a Mafia boss?

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  • Bapak:

    Dear TRE Tech,

    I see the whole thing from a different perspective. Both are guests to your house. But guest CI is also insulting all your other guests in your house. He also insulted you by his challenge to another guest. Don’t you see it? Therefore, as a host, you should do something to put a stop to it. My 2-cents worth.

    TRE Tech:
    @Zhenzidan

    1. You come into someone house (TRE) and expected to be treated with respect but you don’t reciprocate the same.

    2. You demanded that we remove other guests which you don’t like and wants us to redecorate the house because you don’t like the existing color and furnishing.

    3. You then hurl insults at the owner and family members, as if you are the lord of the house.

    4. Worst part is, you insulted a female member of the house when all she did was to request that you do not use foul language in the house.

    I have “known” you since you contributed your 1st poem to TRE. I was under the impression that you are a great poet (therefore very well educated, thus reasonable), since when did you change your profession to being a Mafia boss?

    Cynical Investor:
    Zhenzidan

    Let’s deal. I’ll stop giving TRE permission to use my stuff once TeamTRE confirms that it has received yr $10,000 donation that u say you can afford. Deal? Talk is cheap. Walk the talk.

    Tech: I agree. Since the issue was brought to our attention, the team have decided to vett articles more closely and use only articles without unnecessary vulgarities and which are non-insulting. We are also applying the same standard to comments. Hope this clarifies.

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  • Anon:

    The one thing I definitely agree with Zenzidan is that TRE has become a convenient mouthpiece for CI.

    Mod: Not entirely true. TRE is a convenient mouth piece for everyone who wants to be heard. Its just that CI writes more than some who prefers to grumble. lol

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  • Bapak:

    Good, and let there be peace in this house.

    Bapak:

    Tech: I agree. Since the issue was brought to our attention, the team have decided to vett articles more closely and use only articles without unnecessary vulgarities and which are insulting. We are also applying the same standard to comments. Hope this clarifies.

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  • Siva:

    @TRE

    Please looks into PaaS services too like Google App Engine. The prices have come down a lot in recent years.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    TRE Tech:
    @Zhenzidan

    1. You come into someone house (TRE) and is treated with respect but you don’t reciprocate the same.

    2. You demanded that we remove other guests which you don’t like and wants us to redecorate the house because you don’t like the existing color and furnishing.

    3. You then hurl insults at the owner and family members, as if you are the lord of the house.

    4. Worst part is, you insulted a female member of the house when all she did was to request that you do not use foul language in the house.

    I have “known” you since you contributed your 1st poem to TRE. I was under the impression that you are a great poet (therefore very well educated, thus reasonable), since when did you change your profession to being a Mafia boss?

    This is wrong analogy. A more accurate portrayal should be:

    You organised a weekly dialogue session inside a hall and all are invited to participate. You placed a microphone on stage where everyone is free to express their views. Some participants were impressive, for eg writers like Ng Kok Lim, Philip Ang, Leong Sze Hian etc.

    Then one participant started hogging the mic. At first participants tolerated out of respect for the organiser. But this mic-hogger started getting carried away and blabbing all the way. When regular participants like Oxygen and Rabble-rouser rebutted this blabber effectively, he just kept quiet instead of rebutting the participants to prove his point.

    The following week, this blabber again hogs the mic and picked another subject to repeat the same style of commenting. When he is rebutted, he called the participants “nuts”. The following week, the same thing happened. Naturally, other participants start looking at the organiser hoping he will do something. Instead the organiser did nothing. Worse still, he went on to defend the mic-hogger, telling participants to be matured and learn how to comprehend what the mic-hogger is saying. This itself, is already indirectly insulting the participants.

    Then one participant lost his patience and started questioning the organiser’s wisdom to allow the mic-hogger up on stage every week. The organise stoutly defended his own actions thinking that he has the right to allow anyone on stage. When this angry participant started to use more harsh words on the mic, the organiser switched off the mic, deny him the chance to be heard, saying he is too personnal, even though sometimes he didn’t use vulgarities.

    As time goes by, other participants started getting sick of what’s happening and started to comment less. They still registered their attendance but once they saw the…

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  • TRE laugh die poeple:

    Anon:
    The one thing I definitely agree with Zenzidan is that TRE has become a convenient mouthpiece for CI.

    Mod: Not entirely true. TRE is a convenient mouth piece for everyone who wants to be heard. Its just that CI writes more than some who prefers to grumble. lol

    laugh die people lah.
    CI is ridiculing your readers and you are happy to publish his writings and at the same time asking your readers for donation.
    once again laugh die people lah TRE.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    TRE laugh die poeple: laugh die people lah.
    CI is ridiculing your readers and you are happy to publish his writings and at the same time asking your readers for donation.
    once again laugh die people lah TRE.

    That’s right! Spot on!

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  • @Zhenzidan

    Spin it whatever way you want, I am done with this discussion.

    TRE is a platform for everyone, so don’t blame others for hogging the mic if you have nothing to contribute yourself. Just because you don’t like a certain speaker does not mean that others do too.

    Again, you are free to ignore the writer or engage and rebut him or her. Its your perogative.

    Goodnight and have a nice day.

    * If you still wish to continue this, feel free to email me in private (to my official TRE email address of course, not some Gmail or Hotmail address).

    .

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  • Bystander:

    Guys, it’s OK to have CI’s articles on TRE, you could laugh at his stupidity, can lighten our day, and be amused at someone that are so nutty beyond comprehension.
    CI needs to relieve himself of his xiao problem, without TRE to publish his nutty articles, he could explode.

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  • DWOPP30:

    Fake news site like TRE deserves to disappear.

    U assholes publish fake news to create hatred and discord in SG

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  • Anti-anti-PAP website:

    With so many anti-opposition writings, TRE is really getting less attractive. The editors’ choices are driving readers away. I might as well go read LHL facebook.

    Mod: TRE is only a platform, not an anti-whatever site. So if this week we receive more articles praising a certain party, then we become pro-that-certain-party website. lol

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @TRE, are you sure only US$90? Don’t tell me, I am the only one contributed?

    Mod: The article is a revisited article from Dec last year. It should be US$560 as of 31st Dec 2018. The article has been updated. Thank you.

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  • Sipei Tulan:

    I wanted to donate but after seeing…
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    I changed my mind!

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