I made mine just as a personal project; a challenge for me to have a go at during quarantine. It just sat there for months and months, maybe being used once a week at best. Since the suspension of the original bot, the number of people using my bot grew ASTRONOMICALLY. I gained well over 3000 followers in less than 15 days (since I last updated this, I now have well over 23,000 followers!). It was good to see my bot get some recognition.
Since I first made this fundraiser, I now run EditVideoBot on both Twitter AND Discord from my laptop!
Unlike the original bot, I don't actually have a proper server. It runs on a LAPTOP in my room, with 158GB of storage (compared to the original's 13.5TB). The original bot's server has about 16-20 CPU cores, while mine only has 4. Storage is essential (so users can download their videos), but with the number of people using the bot, I have to clear it out every few days.
Here is a photo of my current 'server':
CPU power is even more important - processing videos uses a huge amount of power, and while the other bot could handle processing multiple videos at a time, mine can only handle one (and it takes a VERY LONG time). Certain commands also require lots of RAM too.
Did I mention I also run my website for the bot on the same laptop too? Everything operates on my typical below-average Australian internet speeds (20mbps upload)
Anyway, now to the point of this GoFundMe:
I really enjoy running this bot for everyone to use for free, and I know heaps of people love using it, but running it on a laptop is no longer sustainable, especially now that the bot is also operating. I want to keep being able to run it independently, but I can't afford a more powerful computer, let alone a server.
I plan to buy my own parts to build and host my own server. I've weighed up all my potential options for nearly 2 months and building and self-hosting a server works out cheaper than renting out a VPS or something like that, due to the sheer amount of resources this bot requires to operate properly. In the long term, a custom-built server has it's advantages as I can always upgrade any of its components.
This $600 should hopefully be enough to buy all the computer parts I require!
Even if you could just spare $5, it means a lot, and all of it will go towards the bot.
I'm not trying to make a profit, and I don't want to; what I want to do is be able to keep this project running so you can keep enjoying editvideobot :)
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- Amy Abdulhakeem
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