Let’s have a Chat!

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The chat we had so far was very limited in what it offers. Let’s try something new! The new chat has several rooms, voice chat, a mobile app & a desktop client, notifications when your name gets mentioned, picture & link previews and so on and on…

 Enter the new Chat!

The usual rules apply: Be nice to each other, don’t spam, use common sense and keep in mind that we’re not a dating site ;) NSFW pictures & videos are not allowed for now (because it makes moderation a lot harder) but we’ll look into that depending on how the chat evolves.

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This is a test run so things might be a bit wonky at times. The old chat is still available if you prefer that.

Milky New Year!

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Need some ideas for new year’s resolutions? Here’s a few suggestions: Do something nice for someone you love, do something nice for a stranger, try to have at least one very special orgasm, embrace your emotions, don’t feel bad about asking for help, don’t feel guilty about that cake and most importantly: stay fabulous!

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Queer Resources

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I’d like to collect a list of resources (hotlines, websites,  youth centres, shelters etc.) for queer people. I’m especially (but not only) interested in resources for specific groups (e.g. for queer people of colour, for transgender youth and so on). I’d also love to collect resources for as many different countries as possible.

So if you know any phone number, website or place that might be useful for such a list please leave a comment below. Thanks! <3

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Illustration: Dearest Friend by softcreatures 

Mistakes were made…

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As many of you know I ran a quick GoFundMe campaign here a few months ago. Since then the site went down several times and, understandably, this raised questions about how this could happen considering the success of that campaign.

The truth is that I still don’t have a single Cent from said campaign because I made a pretty severe mistake by trusting PayPal and trying to use them to transfer money. They froze my account and the funds within for 180 days. So while I will get access to the money eventually I still had to rely on two incredibly generous blog readers to bring the site back in the meantime.

During all this I ran into some serious financial trouble myself–to the point where I’m not able to pay my rent anymore. I got a part-time job after uni and I’m currently looking for another one but with rent, energy bills, food, debt etc. it’s not quite working out at the moment.

I’m aware that most people who donated did so for the site and not myself so I’m committed to using the funds from the GoFundMe campaign for milkboys only, in fact I want to pick up the pace again and create more self-made content and grow the site.

But I’m desperate enough, as embarrassing as it is, to ask for your help again. I started a 2nd GoFundMe campaign here (not using PayPal again obviously) and I’m gonna be upfront with you about the fact that money anyone might donate towards it is gonna be used for personal things like rent and food.

If you feel uncomfortable with this (I know that I will get a lot of flak for this move)  please just ignore this campaign, it has nothing to do with this site and none of you should in any way feel obliged to give money to some guy running a random blog.

Thanks so much <3 

Back!

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Here we go. I’m in the process of setting up a Patreon page for milkboys. It will let people who can afford & are willing to support the site donate on a monthly basis. $1, $10… whatever works for you.

Patreon lets you create different donation tiers with varying rewards for the donors. For example: When you donate $2/month you get a link to a site of your choice (e.g. your Tumblr) on milkboys, for $5/month you get a nudie of me and maybe for $50 you get all that plus a milkboys shirt on top. Stuff like that. I’m still trying to figure out what good rewards would look like so please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Last but not least thanks to the generous folks who brought the site back. Everyone who donated before will get access to the rewards as well of course, more about that later.

*just kidding about the nudie ;)

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About the Hosting Situation

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We had a few downtimes over the last couple of months because it’s not always easy to scrape the money together to pay for the server.

Some people offered me their servers to host the site for free and I’d like to share my thoughts about why I’m very reluctant to accept such an offer. There are several concerns that come with hosting the site on someone else’s hardware. Questions like: What happens when there’s a hardware failure or if I need a configuration changed quickly? Can I just assume that 24/7 admin service comes with the hardware offer?

What happens if the server owner decides that they don’t want to host the site anymore for one reason or another, maybe even without letting us know in advance to give us time to find a new server?

What if the server gets hacked (for example because a private person usually can’t afford the safety precautions in place at professional hosters) and visitors of the site get redirected to sites infected with malware or worse?

What happens when legal questions come up? Can I expect someone who offered us free hosting to deal with those in the same way a company can?

There’s also the question if I feel comfortable with knowing that someone has full access to all data related to milkboys, including the e-mails you send me and the IP-addresses of all visitors.

It’s not that I don’t trust the people offering to host milkboys, I really appreciate their generosity and I’m certain they have only the best intentions. But with a professional hosting company none of these questions will come up so you might understand why I would like to keep the site where it is as long as I can.

Especially since our current host was nothing but helpful and understanding with all legal and financial matters we had to deal with so far which, from my experience before, can’t be taken for granted. Many hosts just aren’t willing to have a site like this on their servers which makes finding cheaper options hard.

Chat & Gallery

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The chat and the member gallery are both back online. The chat application is pretty basic but a more modern app is already in the works. You need a milkboard account for both.

Since this question comes up fairly often: Yes, you will have to make a new account if you had one on the ‘old’ board (pre-2015), sorry about that. But the signup process takes less than a minute, all we need is a username & password or you can just sign in with your Twitter account.

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Besides getting a better chat we’ll hopefully also be able to get a proper visual refresh for the board soon, add a member map and connect the board with the blog so you can use your account for both but I can’t make any promises regarding a timeline because all that stuff costs money. If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please let us know :)

Likes, Discussions & Nudity

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Due to popular demand the like feature for blog posts is back so don’t forget to check the last couple of posts and like stuff so we know what to post more of! I didn’t think people cared about it that much but quite a few of you asked for its return so here we go. I guess it’s neat to be able to give feedback without having to leave a comment.

Which brings us to our next point: Someone asked why nested comments don’t have a reply button. That’s because the comments are supposed to let you share your opinion or insight about a post, not to have lengthy discussions ;) For the latter we’ll have the forums ready very soon (thanks to AGmilky & the mod team who are setting it up right now).

And last but not least: it was really helpful to read all your feedback regarding  nudity on the blog. How do you feel about this compromise: When a picture is just artistic, not-in-your-face nudity without any sexual context we’ll leave it be but when it’s porn, boners or sexually suggestive stuff we’ll make it click-through. Is that something you could agree with?

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Relevant pic by lucasouza! Likeable, member of the milkboard & artistic nudity

Win a Boyfriend!

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Need a(n extra) boyfriend for the holiday season? We got you covered! No matter if you’re into hot birds or space tyrants, we’ll have the right one for you. All you need is a computer and Steam!

We’re having a raffle in the official milkboys Steam group in which you can win Hatoful Boyfriend and My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant! Just join the group, leave a comment under this announcement and you’re all set! Good Luck! :D