July 31, 2014

Subscription Fixes and Changes

I have two things to tell you:

First, since July 2nd there has been a bug with paid subscriptions. If you purchased a subscription between July 2nd and today (July 31st) and your account does not show a paid  icon please let us know by emailing hello@mlkshk.com. I am sorry about that. But happy to say we finally figured out the bug.

Second, we are trying out a lightbox for users who are not subscribed but who have viewed a number of pages. If you’re paid you’ll never see it. But if you are not paid and you use the site a bit then you will see a message letting you know you can become a subscriber.

It looks like this:

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.27.24 AM

Thanks for using the site and BIG THANKS for being a subscriber.

June 30, 2014

MLKSHK is Open

We want to tell you that MLKSHK will not be closing! And not only are we not closing but we are going to be doing some good stuff in the coming months. We appreciated all the nice things you tweeted and mailed to us, and we realized just how special this site was to so many of you. To turn it off would be a big loss. It’s a pretty special place.

We made list of the three most important things that need to get done in the short-term. They are:

  1. Fix the image counts. They are not the least bit accurate.
  2. Fix the speed. There is a lot of stuff we haven’t done in the past 3 years that we are going to do. Mainly some database work to root out some of the slowness, but also upgrade some pretty old services that have been chugging along for four years.
  3. The third thing won’t make much sense if you don’t understand how things are organized on the back-end, but it’s a big overhaul of how files are received and moved into the CDN. I wanted to mention it just so later I can point to this post and say, “we did that other thing I was telling you about before and now we are very happy.”

Also, Amber is designing t-shirts! Click the image to go vote for your favorite.

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And, she already sent an order for stickers to the printer. These are going to be nice, die-cut, vinyl stickers and she ordered a hell of a lot of them.

So that’s it. A short post. Thanks for sticking with the site and not turning off your subscriptions. We’re going to have something to announce around those after the items up above get done.

Yay!

 

May 05, 2014

MLKSHK Shutting Down

When are you shutting down?

September 1, 2014. It’s a Monday.

Why are you shutting down?

MLKSHK isn’t our primary source of income and it’s certainly not our primary focus. Despite earning very little from the site we still have to answer tech support, deal with spam, fix minor issues, fix major issues, keep the servers updated, sort out billing issues, and worry about the months we get linked on Reddit. Sometimes the server and bandwidth bill are more than we took in for the month—this is scary.

Will you sell it?

Of course! We would sell it to someone who will commit significant resources to it. Out of respect for the community we wouldn’t sell to anyone who we didn’t feel was a good fit.

Can I get all the images I shared in a zip file?

Yes! Click the link “Request Zip File Of All My Images” on your account settings page. It should take about a day to process your request if we don’t get inundated with requests. UPDATE: We are working with the Internet Archive Team to make sure they have everything they need to pull the site into their archive. 

What if…?

We appreciate the passion the users have for the site but there really is no other option than this. We explored many ideas for making more money but nothing worked for us.

I just bought a subscription, can I get a refund?

Yes. Please email hello@mlkshk.com so we can figure out your refund.

Will my subscription be canceled?

Every subscription will be canceled before June 1.


Thank you to everyone who visited, bought a subscription, said nice things about us to your friends, and of course thanks for sharing.

Thanks also to Ivan Kanevski and Mark Paschal for helping us build the thing. And thanks to Chris Ereneta, David Barry, and Justin Williams for writing iOS code against our API. Also thanks to our advisor Anil Dash for helping us figure things out over the past few years.

Bye, and please keep in touch!
Amber (@amberdawn) and Andre (@torrez)

January 30, 2014

Bannerz

Hi everyone!

When we started MLKSHK one thing we wanted to accomplish was to create a place that could sustain itself free from advertising.

We failed! LOL ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Unfortunately we now have to try out some ads. We dislike crappy ads and so we are looking to put ads that we like and approve of and that feel should be on the site. We’re going to be trying a few services out until we find one that fits. And if we don’t, well, let’s wait on that for now. (Takes finger off the red button.)

IF YOU HAVE A PAID ACCOUNT AND WE TOLD YOU THERE WOULD BE NO ADS ON YOUR PAID ACCOUNT: We can give you a full refund from the date of your last renewal. And if you want to continue to pay that is even better. But we fully understand if you feel like you no longer want to maintain a subscription and see ads. It’s cool.

But do know that we are at the point now where the site is not sustainable without another form of revenue. (Puts finger on the red button.) But we do have a few months to get this right. (Takes finger off the red button.)

So let’s see how this works, yeah?

We hope you’re doing well!

Amber and Andre

December 31, 2013

30 Popular Images From 2013

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September 11, 2013

Fastly CDN

We switched image serving over to Fastly. What this means is image serving will be MUCH faster, but image view counts are going to be very lagged. I hope to have them updating within the next few days.

August 01, 2013

Our Inaugural Sponsors

We have TWO sponsors for the month of August, and two more for the month of September. I could not be more excited about who is sponsoring us. These are friends and people I know. There won’t be any punching monkeys around here. Nor any behavior tracking. These are users of the site that want to support us more than they already do.

First is drewtoothpaste’s banner for Super Black Lacquers. Just what I was hoping for, a small business that sees some of its customers might be MLKSHK users. Please buy some and support them back!

Next is a podcast (A PODCAST!). The Hypothetical Podcast is run by user stickwithjosh, Aimee Simone, and Carlo Simone. It describes itself as “Nerds talking about movies & stuff” which sounds just like what MLKSHK users might want to subscribe to.

Please visit our sponsors and let them know you heard about them from MLKSHK! Thank you.

There are still three slots available for September. I hope you will consider sponsoring us! Thanks!

July 23, 2013

Advertise On MLKSHK?

HELL YEAH.

It costs a fair amount of money to keep the servers on MLKSHK running. We essentially break even every month with our subscriptions. Sometimes we make an extra bit of money, but then that gets used for our SSL certification renewal or domain name renewal or git repo.

What we hope to do is make just enough money to be able to pay someone to keep working on features and maintenance. We think ads will help with that.

If you have a product or service (or just want a giant picture of your face on the site for the month of August) please use this link to buy an ad banner.

https://tugboatyards.com/torrez#mlkshkadbannerformonthofaugust

(We’ll work out the details of the banner and the links in email for now. But it will be the size of The Deck’s ads with some copy beneath it.)

July 22, 2013

Introducing Malt

Malt HEY! How cool is this? A new MLKSHK app for iOS called Malt. You can get it on the App Store! [via http://maltapp.co]

May 16, 2013

MLKSHK Is Offline

We are experiencing HEAVY database load due to an unknown problem. More info as we get it. The database is currently clearing up, we just have to give it a bit more time.