Ok, because we are dealing with "D'ni math", I have reproduced RAWA's chart below and expanded it.
If some of what I'm about to say seems overly simplified to some of you, my apologies. I'm trying to explain this for those who might not have an intuitive grasp on the complexities of the CAVCON meter. (Also, I should state this is how I understand the meter to work, if I have any of this wrong, I'm hoping RAWA or someone else from Cyan will correct any inaccuracies on my part.)
First off, it must be understood the CAVCON meter starts at "2.0" each month. The whole number and the decimel number each have meaning. The "2" symbolizes there is currently money in the reserve fund to cover any shortage in that month's donations. the ".0" is the amount of donations thus far recieved in the current month to cover expenses. (Therefore, if the reserve fund was ever completely empty, I believe the CAVCON would start "1.0". In that case, MO:ULa is very close to being shut down and the cavern closed.)
Next comes the "final"' and "in-progress" portion of the CAVCON. For the month of november we had a final score of "4.7." This means we not only covered the months expenses, but also exceeded it by 70%. These excess funds will be moved into the reserve fund. For the previous month of october, we however finished out with a "3.0". This means donations exactly covered expenses, and no money was needed to be withdrawen for the reserve fund, but neither was money added to it...We simply broke even.
Now say for instance, for the month of december, we only achieve a final CAVCON level of "2.7". This means only 70% of operational costs and expenses were met. The remaining 30% will have to be withdrawn from the reserve fund. In theory, if expenses remain the same, we have enough in the fund to cover the perhaps a month or two of similar "2.7" scores....but that will completely drain the reserve fund. On the other side of equation, three months of 4.3 scores means (in theory) we have 90% of a month's expenses should we ever need to use all or part of it for any shortages.
I want to take a moment to again apologize to those who feel I've have overly simplified this for them. I mean no offence, I hope those in the community who were confused now have a little bit more clarity on the system. Also, if I have any of this wrong or flaws in my logic, I hope RAWA or someone else will be kind enough to correct my conclusions in a kind and helpful manner.
Lastly, I do have a few lingering questions:
1. If we ever have more than a month's amounts of expenses in the reserve fund, would the CAVCON start at "3.0" until such a time as shortages reduced it to below this level? (Or, is contributing to the reserve fund the best we can hope for at the moment?)
2. Assuming starting at "3.0" is possible, going a step beyond this to start the month at "4.0" would mean there are 2-3 months of expenses in the reserve fund, correct?
3. After such point a point is reached, this would be the time a true "5.0" could be achived? (Which as one might imagine will be no easy matter.
I ask these questions not to discourage, but to fully reveal the complexity of the task and clarify the goal for the community...while also working within the limits which allows Cyan to avoid disclosing hard financial numbers. I further hope this post may in some small way lead to clearer communication between the various groups. Perhaps it will assist in developing an action plan for moving another step towards the improvement of MO:ULa for all the cavern's explorers.
5.0 MO:ULa reserve fund is stable and Cyan is in a position that it can do regular minor updates or possible new content
4.9 (Monthly Expenses Met / Donations are in excess of expenses +90% )
4.1 (Monthly Expenses Met / Donations are in excess of expenses +10%)
3.0 <--- monthly minimum goal (Donations = 100% of expenses)
2.9 (Donations = only 90% of expenses, remainder 10% came from reserve fund)
2.1 (Donations = only cover 10% of monthly expenses, remainder 90% came from reserve fund)
2.0 <---Baseline statistic for each month
1.9 (Donations = only 90% of expenses, however reserve fund is empty, remainder 10% paid by Cyan)
1.1 (Donations = only 10% of expenses, reserve fund is empty, remainder 90% paid by Cyan)
1.0 Reserve fund empty, Cyan is unable to make up the difference, MO:Ula to shut-down
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