JohnD

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  1. DCP Members and fellow drum corps fans, As you may know, I don't comment too often on this forum - believing that my primary job here is to provide the 'soapbox' on which our members stand. I have had long-term relationships (20 years+) within the activity as a board member, advisor, donor, and fan ... so I have been careful to reserve my opinions mostly for the board room and my colleagues there, lest they be interpreted as a position of the organizations I am involved with or a reflection on them. That said, I feel that the recent announcement by DCI and those that will be forthcoming from its members, require that I now make the following direct appeal: YOUR CORPS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT - NOW. Whether you are a current member, an alumnus, a family member, or simply a fan ... your favorite corps is/are in need of your financial support to weather this dramatic change in their business model and survive to exist for the future. Most corps operate on a razor-thin margin, using a number of revenue sources to supplement members 'tuition' to make ends meet. With a cancelled season, many of those sources of revenue are reduced or eliminated entirely - sponsored show ticket sales, on-site merchandise sales, 'tour fund' donations, and of-course member tuition. With the season cancelled, those revenues disappear. At this point, the next major revenue opportunity for most corps won’t be until auditions for the 2021 season begin and that income is typically used for the NEXT season and not to pay for LAST season. Yes, some expenses are eliminated or reduced by not actually getting on the road - but not all of them. Things like rent, loan payments, insurance, salaries (to the extent possible), payroll taxes, contractual obligations, and so on continue to accumulate and need to be serviced. I expect most corps are going to do their best to make their members whole for the monies already received despite the fact that some of that money may have already been spent in preparation for the 2020 season. Believing that all expenses are eliminated by going into 'hibernation' is simply incorrect. How can you help? Make a donation to the corps in the amount of the tickets you would have purchased to attend a show. Current members/families - convert some (all?) of what you've already paid for the 2020 tour into a donation to the corps. Alumni - make a gift to help ensure that your corps is able to provide future members with the opportunities you had. Answer the appeal that corps will be making with a generous donation to help them through this unprecedented time. Remember: donations to a nonprofit organization *may* be tax-deductible, whereas ticket purchases and tour fees are not. My friends, Drum Corps Planet is the largest on-line community for the drum and bugle corps activity, largely made-up of the most passionate fans the activity has. If we truly want to help ensure that our activity continues in the future, NOW is the time for us to 'put our money where our mouth is' and write a check to our favorite corps (singular or plural). Together we can and MUST ensure that the activity that we all love is able to continue in the future. The financial calamity confronting these organizations is real and very significant, and it forces on us the potential death of that which we all value so greatly. Please accept this challenge and make your (very large) donation NOW. I have included links to the DCI World Class and Open Class corps below for your convenience. Thank you for your consideration and participation. -john P.S. If you would like to help and don't know where to make your donation, PM me and I'll be happy to offer suggestions. #corpsList h2 {font-size:1.8em;} .corps {width:80%; margin:10px auto;} .corps td {text-align:left;} DCI World Class Corps The Academy Genesis Blue Devils Jersey Surf Blue Knights Madison Scouts Blue Stars Mandarins Bluecoats Music City Boston Crusaders Pacific Crest The Cadets Phantom Regiment Carolina Crown Santa Clara Vanguard The Cavaliers Seattle Cascades Colts Spirit of Atlanta Crossmen Troopers DCI Open Class Corps 7th Regiment Legends The Batallion Les Stentors Blue Devils B Louisiana Stars Blue Devils C Raiders Colt Cadets River City Rhythm Columbians Shadow Gold Southwind Golden Empire Spartans Guardians Vanguard Cadets Heat Wave Vessel Impulse Watchmen This is a partial list of the corps affected across the globe. Please feel free to include others in your post below.
  2. DCP Members and fellow drum corps fans, As you may know, I don't comment too often on this forum - believing that my primary job here is to provide the 'soapbox' on which our members stand. I have had long-term relationships (20 years+) within the activity as a board member, advisor, donor, and fan ... so I have been careful to reserve my opinions mostly for the board room and my colleagues there, lest they be interpreted as a position of the organizations I am involved with or a reflection on them. That said, I feel that the recent announcement by DCI and those that will be forthcoming from its members, require that I now make the following direct appeal: YOUR CORPS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT - NOW. Whether you are a current member, an alumnus, a family member, or simply a fan ... your favorite corps is/are in need of your financial support to weather this dramatic change in their business model and survive to exist for the future. Most corps operate on a razor-thin margin, using a number of revenue sources to supplement members 'tuition' to make ends meet. With a cancelled season, many of those sources of revenue are reduced or eliminated entirely - sponsored show ticket sales, on-site merchandise sales, 'tour fund' donations, and of-course member tuition. With the season cancelled, those revenues disappear. At this point, the next major revenue opportunity for most corps won’t be until auditions for the 2021 season begin and that income is typically used for the NEXT season and not to pay for LAST season. Yes, some expenses are eliminated or reduced by not actually getting on the road - but not all of them. Things like rent, loan payments, insurance, salaries (to the extent possible), payroll taxes, contractual obligations, and so on continue to accumulate and need to be serviced. I expect most corps are going to do their best to make their members whole for the monies already received despite the fact that some of that money may have already been spent in preparation for the 2020 season. Believing that all expenses are eliminated by going into 'hibernation' is simply incorrect. How can you help? Make a donation to the corps in the amount of the tickets you would have purchased to attend a show. Current members/families - convert some (all?) of what you've already paid for the 2020 tour into a donation to the corps. Alumni - make a gift to help ensure that your corps is able to provide future members with the opportunities you had. Answer the appeal that corps will be making with a generous donation to help them through this unprecedented time. Remember: donations to a nonprofit organization *may* be tax-deductible, whereas ticket purchases and tour fees are not. My friends, Drum Corps Planet is the largest on-line community for the drum and bugle corps activity, largely made-up of the most passionate fans the activity has. If we truly want to help ensure that our activity continues in the future, NOW is the time for us to 'put our money where our mouth is' and write a check to our favorite corps (singular or plural). Together we can and MUST ensure that the activity that we all love is able to continue in the future. The financial calamity confronting these organizations is real and very significant, and it forces on us the potential death of that which we all value so greatly. Please accept this challenge and make your (very large) donation NOW. I have included links to the DCI World Class and Open Class corps below for your convenience. Thank you for your consideration and participation. -john P.S. If you would like to help and don't know where to make your donation, PM me and I'll be happy to offer suggestions. #corpsList h2 {font-size:1.8em;} .corps {width:80%; margin:10px auto;} .corps td {text-align:left;} DCI World Class Corps The Academy Genesis Blue Devils Jersey Surf Blue Knights Madison Scouts Blue Stars Mandarins Bluecoats Music City Boston Crusaders Pacific Crest The Cadets Phantom Regiment Carolina Crown Santa Clara Vanguard The Cavaliers Seattle Cascades Colts Spirit of Atlanta Crossmen Troopers DCI Open Class Corps 7th Regiment Legends The Batallion Les Stentors Blue Devils B Louisiana Stars Blue Devils C Raiders Colt Cadets River City Rhythm Columbians Shadow Gold Southwind Golden Empire Spartans Guardians Vanguard Cadets Heat Wave Vessel Impulse Watchmen This is a partial list of the corps affected across the globe. Please feel free to include others in your post below.
  3. I have just applied the most recent update to the system, now that things have settled down a bit. Let's see if the update resolves the issues you've experienced .... otherwise, I'll have to report the issue. Thanks -john
  4. OH - my bad. I mis-read your description, Randy. That's straight IPB code, so we'll have to see if they find a fix along the way. There is an update pending, which I'll apply after the pandemonium quiets down a bit in the coming week. -john
  5. Dang it Flo - would you PLEASE stop dropping during a corps performance. (500 Error on Apple TV)
  6. Randy - sorry for the delay in responding. Its been one of THOSE weeks, as you might expect. I suspect the issue is related to the fact that we use an API into the forum database from the DrumScorps app to get the forum content. I'm guessing that the 'filters' for ignored users (and probably others) is implemented in the IPB user interface, which the API probably doesn't consider. I'm not sure if we can add a filter to the request we pass the API to exclude those posts from the result returned to us. It will take a bit of research to confirm and resolve, which we can add to our list for possible future improvements. -john
  7. My apologies for the delay in responding. There are a number of reasons for a 403 error - but it almost always indicates that what you're trying to send violates one of our security protocols on the server. I don't have enough information to further diagnose and with this week's traffic, it will be nearly impossible to locate the issue in the logs, unless you can provide source IP addresses and more detailed information. -john
  8. It *may* have had to do with the length of their drive afterwards and the lateness of their getting on the field. Leaving the show site a couple of hours later than planned can have a real impact on the corps looking at a long overnight drive.
  9. This was actually addressed in the previous post (Here) and the URL referenced was added to the BLOCK list for Google Adsense. If you’re still seeing the bogus link/pop up, clearing your cookies and browser cache may help. -john
  10. I haven't seen the redirect/message - but one of our admins has and provided a couple of clues. I've reviewed our system and data and don't find evidence of our being compromised, so the most-likely source is a nasty Google Adsense advert ... which would also explain why some are receiving it and others don't. I've added the domain that was referenced in the clues we saw to the BLOCK list on Adsense (which takes a bit of time to be active). Hopefully that helps. As always, DO NOT click on pop-ups or pages that you are unfamiliar with. An Ad-Blocker or browser plugin can help in keeping your system safe. Thanks for the heads-up. -john
  11. After receiving another report, I was finally able to gather enough information, replicate the issue, and find the source of the problem .... the one I was able to catch. Our servers employ several layers of security and one of the many layers was interpreting the 'embed video' as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attempt and returned the 403 error. It took a bit of digging, but I was able to locate the event in the log. I believe I have neutralized that particular rule (leaving the other 1,000+ in-place) and my testing indicates that the 'problem' is gone. Thanks for your patience. -john
  12. I am also considering the Texas Triangle trip this year - given that I'll be a new resident of Texas by then. Still in the planning stage.
  13. I've updated the forum software to the most current version, as well as an overdue update of the PHP engine. Let's hope that between the two of them, this intermittent but nagging problem is resolved. Sorry for the delay - life gets in the way at times.
  14. This is another very nice tribute to Sam Pilafian, from the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/obituaries/sam-pilafian-dead.html