So, basically the last several months of my life has been absolutely terrible. At the end of August, coming hot off of getting married, there was an electrical fire at our old townhouse that completely destroyed three of our neighbouring units and left us without running water for nearly two weeks, making us have to rent an Airbnb just to bathe. Our property management company forced all remaining tenants over the next few months to vacate our houses, I was already getting pretty low on savings because I had our honeymoon vacation all booked and paid for, but it was still mostly manageable. After our honeymoon, we managed to quickly find a new place to move to in December and I spent the majority of my remaining savings on the move. So far so good, all things considered.
Then my job started getting later and later with payroll, eventually no longer being able to pay any employees! And the owner is over $700,000 in debt for unpaid business taxes, and an audit was incoming. So we were just forced to move to a new place, shortly after a bunch of major life events, am now basically flat broke, and suddenly I'm not getting my paycheques. Amazing!
The moment the first payroll had any issues, I immediately started sending out my CV because I'm not stupid. The boss's lackey had been spying on me in 420chan IRC monitoring my job hunt and reporting back and I discovered him about a month into the bullshit and he immediately stopped. I've had some interviews but these things take time and the market is extremely competitive, and 3 months without any sight of getting pay I told them to kiss my ass, and both of the junior developers I was managing quit alongside me.
I'm currently suing them for $18,000 in unpaid wages plus damages. My credit lines are exhausted. I've been selling all my shit on Craigslist/eBay/Kijiji for the last 3 months to survive. I'm at the end of my rope.
420chan is currently running off a fiber line in my basement because I have no funds to get a new server I purchased last year set up in a datacenter properly. I've been doing everything I can possibly attempt to try and get income as quickly as possible because I'm fucking terrified. Covering every inch of the site in ad space and turning my beloved community into something that makes me fucking cringe in a last ditch effort to try and stem the tide and I hate it so fucking much.
I'm about to lose my home, my car, everything I own, and everything that I've worked the last decade to accomplish in my life.
This community is in jeopardy. My whole life is in jeopardy.
Over the years I grew to actively hate asking for donations, to the point where I paid for 420chan completely out of pocket for the last 3 years. Doing anything along those lines again makes me beyond embarrassed, but I guess I really have no choice now.
I've set up a Patreon at patreon.com
There's Discord rewards set up for the Patreon right now but fuck I'll figure out whatever the hell rewards for the boards, tube, whatever the fuck. Chip in enough and I'll do a dance and chant your fucking name like you're an elder god on stream. I need help so fucking badly I've spent the last 3 hours writing this post through a mist of tears and baring all my life problems for you to see. No matter what happens, I love you all so much. I met my fucking wife because of this community. It gave me a development career and more friends than I can count. 2/3 of the god damn wedding guests were users and staff.