Wtf, it's Caelum
So. Hi. You might remember me. I'm Caelum. These days, I mostly run around everywhere obnoxiously advertising my JKA.io server hosting business. In the past, I created JKHub. I'm retired now, but I still occasionally do some JKHub work behind the screens.
Recently, I've been working on expanding my hosting business to other games. That's going extremely well, and I'm very happy with how that's working out. At the same time though, I'd like to be more involved with the JKA community. There are a few things I've always wanted to do but been unable to do, like offering free JKA servers to the entire community. Frankly, I'd also like to breathe some new life into JKHub and the community at large.
Unfortunately, I eat, sleep, and work, and as such only have limited time. JKHub's staff and I have come up with an experiment that allows me to do both.
The Patreon madness
You know Patreon, right? That site that lets you give a monthly amount of money to creators, artists, and so forth? In cooperation with JKHub's staff, I've set up a Patreon page allowing people to give me monthly money. It's an experiment - there's no harm at all if it doesn't work out, and I'll go back to my hosting business - but it's one I'm very much devoted to if there is enough interest.
What if people donate and this works?
Here are some of the things that will happen if people are interested:
✅ ACHIEVED: At $99/month
I will un-retire and return as JKHub staff member. I'll actually dedicate quite some time to it. JKHub will see a lot more news articles, improvements, and activity. I'll be holding lots of polls to see what people are interested in and what I should start with.
The JKHub 2.0 overhaul will begin immediately, instead of waiting longer. It will be the biggest face lift in the history of JKHub, featuring a clean, modern redesign based off constant feedback from the community. It won't be one of those crappy corporate redesigns that suck - it'll be awesome.
JKHub will never need donations again. I will pay for JKHub costs out of my own pocket (through these Patreon donations). Also, we'll create a cool custom server tracker that's infinitely better than Gametracker and Jeditracker.
I will offer unlimited free JKA & JKO servers to the community. Seriously. No strings attached. You ask, you get a free JKA/JKO server. Any mod, no restrictions. Nobody will ever need to pay for a JKA/JKO server again. I'd really like to hit this goal.
JKHub will expand into other games and become like the old FileFront network sites, or Nexus Mods, only community managed, ad-free, and more future proof. The strong focus on JKA and JKHub will always remain, but we'll start providing the same thing for many other games, and I'll work on it full-time. I'm really not expecting to hit this goal, but I won't complain if we do!
What if people aren't interested and don't donate?
None of the above will happen and I'll go back to working on my upcoming hosting business. Really, that's it. This isn't something I'm desperately begging to happen, but I'd regret not giving it a try and seeing how interested the JKA community is in this. On a personal level, it's actually quite scary trying this out and seeing what the reception will be like. I think some of these goals - like the free servers - would be amazingly cool if at all possible.
Where can I donate or learn more?