Support Skeptical Raptor website

$2,287 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 4 months
Michael Simpson  CRESTLINE, CA
In four years, Skeptical Raptor has grown from a small website, just a hobby, to one of the most popular science blogs on the internet. It now ranks in the top 0.025% of websites.

Back in January 2012, when we started, there were just 100 visitors. Now we get several million a month.

The monster that I created now requires a serious investment in servers, smart programmers, and a sledgehammer to its side to deal with number of hits we get.

To prevent the daily crashes we have been experiencing lately, which frustrate my readers who use our articles to debunk myths and tropes, we need funds to move to a better server, to clean up some annoying code, and to improve the site's look and feel.

These funds will help this website continuing fighting for science and logic. This will help us, especially those who write for this website, to make a difference in so many areas. Like vaccines. And global climate change. And medicine. 

Anything you can contribute will be appreciated, and help us make a difference. Thank you for taking the time to read this plea for funds.
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Update 5
Posted by Michael Simpson
1 month ago
Today is #GivingTuesday, and it is an opportunity for me to express thanks for all the donations so far.

As I promised, we still need a little bit more to run the website for a year, to maintain the server that keeps this website running, and to reduce some of the more annoying ads, like "This no named actress lost 50 lbs using this secret." Uh huh.

We really need your help to hit the overall goal for the year. Please give, so that we can continue to provide great content for 2017.
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Update 4
Posted by Michael Simpson
4 months ago
According to Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong will.

Unfortunately, some of what I planned to do to improve the website, instead went towards preventing a brute force hacking attack. They didn't get anything, but I had to make sure they didn't. I had to hire some guy sitting at his computer, to look through thousands of lines of code, and patched anything problematic. Thankfully I use powerful passwords and log-in credentials, so it was more time and money wasting rather than destructive.

Oh the drama of the modern world.

Thus, we're looking for a little bit more to wrap this up. If you've helped, thank you for everything. If you can spare a touch more. Thank you. If you're new hear and can spare something, that would appreciated.

Please help if you can.
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Simpson
4 months ago
The fundraising for this website is nearly two-third's complete. Just from the first amounts, we've begun the process of upgrading the server. Although you may not notice, 404 errors, which pop-up if the website isn't working, have dropped from several times a day to maybe once a day.

There's more work to do there, but it's a good start. With the fully funding, we can make the website last a long time, providing snarky commentary on pseudoscience for years to come.

This week someone will be attacking the code. I have some inefficiencies with various acronyms that make no sense to me. I'm hiring a starving programmer (I don't think he's really starving, but it's what he cause himself and his wife).

The last bit of cash will be invested in modernizing the look. This will take time, because we'll try something, then it might make things worse. But it will be my favorite part.

Whatever you can contribute to keep this website up and running will be greatly appreciated.
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Simpson
4 months ago
We still need help to keep the old Skeptical Raptor going. We're getting close to halfway done with this fundraising-once we hit our goals, we can focus on content and the website experience.

I hate begging. So please help out if you can.

The feathery extinct dinosaur appreciates your help.
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$2,287 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 4 months
Created August 25, 2016
$10
Anonymous
18 days ago
GC
$20
Gil Chapnjck
1 month ago
LE
$50
Lynn Eichhorn
1 month ago
CP
$7
Cameron Petrey
1 month ago

Need more of this to combat the BS out there. Proud to support . Cameron , RN

$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
MC
$25
Melanie Clemmer
1 month ago
MR
$20
Marc Des Rosiers
1 month ago
JB
$100
Jann Bellamy
1 month ago

Keep up the great work!

JP
$25
James Peirce
2 months ago

Thank you for fighting the good fight.

SS
$5
Shay Simmons
2 months ago

Phildo has been running amok again, so as promised, I owe you five bucks.

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