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Izzet



Joined: 01/12/2006
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 01:17

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I would like to address a few concerns members pointed out either on this forum, on other online platforms, via email or face-to-face.



1. Some of you complained about the lack of communication. I tried my best to put the website up as soon as possible, so I did not want to spend hours replying to emails. I replied to some random 30 emails, but I am aware that some 100 emails are left unanswered.



Nevertheless, I sent a message to all people in our Facebook group. I also sent two informative emails to forum admins and I also forwarded these emails to Malcolm from NorthCyprusFreePress.com and Hans who has lots of contacts.



I could have sent an email to everybody easily using the email addresses you have in your profile, but I would consider this mass emailing which I will never do.



Izzet



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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 01:18

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2. Some of you complained that I am making money but not caring about our forum members. I strongly disagree with this. I set up Cyprus44 as a hobby and it is still something that I really enjoy working on. As much commercial the website and forum looks, it would have been impossible to keep Cyprus44 up and running without the supporting advertisers.



I urge people to consider the amount of work needed to setup and maintain this website. Cyprus44 is not just a forum but a gold mine of useful information about a lot of things related to North Cyprus.



The amount of money left after paying the bills is so little that most people would not want to do my job. The highest three costs are coding, content creation and website hosting.



I do consider all feedback received very carefully. If I did not care about our forum members, I would not have worked overnight until 4am in the morning to fix this.



Izzet



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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 01:25

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3. Some of you complained that I should not have used FastHosts as my hosting company. FastHosts offers very good value dedicated hosting solutions. People who comment about "cheaper, better value" dedicated servers usually do not understand the exact requirements needed to run Cyprus44.



We pay 120 per month for hosting.

The server needs to be in the UK.

The OS should be Windows Server 2008 and not 2003 or Linux.

We need dedicated MS SQL 2008 for the forum.

And the bandwidth should be at least 1 TB or unlimited.

If you know a cheaper solution, pls let me know.



nurseawful



Joined: 06/02/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 06:36

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Izzet,

No complaints from me you do a great job and it is much appreciated.

Chris



deecyprus4


Joined: 27/07/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 07:19

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Hear hear Nurse, I have no complaints about the forum or Izzet.



Sazna


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27/11/2009 07:33

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No complaints from me either, Izzet thank you for a much appreciated service and all your hard work.



smithy


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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 08:00

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No complaints from me, I sent an e mail to you off Board saying that I was down without knowing that it was the whole of 44

You do a great job and we were all so happy when it came back on, Thanks for all your hard work

Sheila (smithy)



No1Doyen


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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 09:19

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Izzet. You can't please all of the people all of the time. As we all well know on here theres always someone who wants to moan.....



cooper


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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 09:25

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Bill stop moaning )



StGeorgeI


Joined: 27/08/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 09:41

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No complaints from me - you'll probably find the ones complaining about C44 are the ones that just moan full stop!!! They wouldn't be (un)happy any other way...



banjo


Joined: 28/01/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 10:13

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Dear Izzet

KURBAN BAYRAM KUTLU OLSUN

Thank you for your good work.

soren



No1Doyen


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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 10:15

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Cooper. You moaning at me ? )



Lilli



Joined: 21/07/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 10:18

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Izzett Happy bayram. You wont hear me complaining.That is why I didnt email as I guesssed you would be inundated. Thank you for all your hard work.x



malsancak


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27/11/2009 10:34

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Msg 3, " Some of you complained that I should not have used FastHosts as my hosting company"

the only problem with FastHosts, and I believe you agree with this view Izzet, is that their support is poor and I believe this might have contributed to some of the delay getting back online. This is in no way a criticism of you, Izzet, I abandoned their sister company 1and1 for that reason only. As for a better solution that fullfills all your requirements, I doubt that there is one. Keep up the good work!



LondonCypriot


Joined: 15/12/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 11:58

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We all have to accept criticism



SandyBlackCat


Joined: 12/07/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 12:13

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You're doing an excellent job Izzett



Karanfil


Joined: 28/03/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 12:39

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Izzet



i am so sorry that you feel you have to justify yourself. You do an excellent job. I thoroughly enjoy reading and posting on the forum and missed it greatly when it was offline.



keith


Joined: 03/04/2007
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 13:34

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You do a great job and keep up the good work.

People who dont runn sites like this need to try and see all the time and effort you have to put in

Cheers keith



petez


Joined: 04/12/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 13:46

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Does that mean you are not taking everyone out for a drink Izzet? (only joking)



I know from running Lincguide how much work is involved in a website like this. Mostly people will only contact you when you've got something wrong or they think they are doing YOU a favour.



Credit to Izzet for his hard work.



BillBarnacle


Joined: 20/04/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 14:24

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Izzet



No complaint from me.................You always get one or two moaners,just ignore them they will go away



chick


Joined: 02/07/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 14:30

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A big thank you to AJ, he answered my email explaining and also emailed to tell me 44 was up and running again.



Sorry AJ should have emailed a thank you to you.



laptagal


Joined: 28/05/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 15:32

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I think you do a fantastic job. No complaints from me. I really missed my 'forum fix'.



Izzet



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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 15:51

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Thank you all for your support.



Just want to clarify that I am not blaming anybody but just had to address the concerns of some people.



Izzet



TRNCVaughan


Joined: 27/04/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 16:00

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Well done under difficult circumstances. Three cheers for Izzet!!



IngridL


Joined: 20/03/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 17:43

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İzzet,

Thank you for a job well executed. I'll buy you a drink ;)

Ingrid



Snaefell



Joined: 07/06/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 18:10

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Thank you for the Facebook message, that was a very thoughtful gesture, at a time you were very busy.



Maz


Joined: 29/03/2009
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 21:21

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I wonder what the 'moaners' would have done faced with the awful problem of Cyprus44 disappearing? I wouldn't have had a clue, and yet I have taught 'computers'. A bit like turning on the telly really - I knew what was one, but don't know what happens in the depths of the machine. Same with computers, and so I applaud those who do know and who keep things like Cyprus 44 rfunning.



It is a shame it took so long to right, but that to me is an indication of the fact that it must have been a HUGE problem.



Thanks for fixing it and putting us all in touch with each other again - even the Moaning minnies!



BillyB


Joined: 19/05/2008
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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 22:58

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OK, have to admit it was me that sent 100 emails, last one being at 0355 am, which I got no response from. Izzet, surely if you finished at 0400 am and had nothing better to do, except sleep, you could have put my mind at rest and addressed my anxiety issues about Cyprus44 being down. WHat you don't realise is that I many others think of Cyprus44 as our lives. I get up at 0630 am and Cyprus44 goes on straight away. I go to bed at midnight but I have an alert facility which tells me when posts come in, in case it's important. I wasn't able to sleep for days while it was down and cried myself to sleep at night. It was also me who was outside the PM's office with the 44 A board. I'd actually been to the yapi market to buy a rope to hang myself when it came back on. Thank you Izzet for saving my life. I love you.



ps, sorry about all the emails, don't know what came over me.

pps, outragous that you're earning money for your time, is that your hummer with the reg plate

Iz44



BillyB


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Message Posted:
27/11/2009 22:59

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Can we make this a sticky Izzet?



xx



Pipie


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Message Posted:
28/11/2009 09:09

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Izzet.

Well done for addressing concerns, some of us forget the hard work/dedication that goes into this forum.Thankyou !!



everon


Joined: 18/04/2009
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Message Posted:
28/11/2009 09:10

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welll done Izzet "happy bayram" x



janjin



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Message Posted:
28/11/2009 14:56

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Hi Izzet,

I have been involved with voluntary work for 4 years and its really hard work and the moaners can wear you down.

Please be positive and realise the majority really benefit from accessing the website, you work so hard on.

Bless you

jj



littleme


Joined: 04/07/2009
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Message Posted:
29/11/2009 02:37

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no problems with some of us just Thanks x

mary



measey


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Message Posted:
29/11/2009 16:14

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Hi. izzet.



Take no notice of the Mr Perfects of this world allthought i have only be useing this site for just over a month there are some very freindly and helpfull people that use it, as for making money from the site why not what effort you put in life is what you get in return, some think this site is only for them well its not. Thank You.



chezzi


Joined: 12/03/2009
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Message Posted:
29/11/2009 22:16

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Hi Izzet,

Well done for getting 44 back up, I didnt realise it was down, I thought it was just me, as I kept getting some wierd log on box popping up!

CX



Ernest


Joined: 22/10/2009
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Message Posted:
01/12/2009 13:18

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probably one of the best Forums for UK residents living overseas (like myself)... keep up the good work



NoveltyBubble


Joined: 11/11/2009
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Message Posted:
01/12/2009 16:26

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Keep up the good work Izzet and ignore the moaning minnies!

All they do is sit at home trying to decide what to complain about. Always the same old faces, same old moaning, different day!

They will never grind us good happy people down.



We shall not, we shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved



NB x



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