I'm sure you all know that this board takes money to keep up every year. I've paid these costs in the past year and a quarter. We're all a part of this community and I feel we all should contribute to its continued existence. I only renewed us for 90 days of server time this past payment. We have 18 days to raise $100 for the costs in the coming year.
Let's put a small yearly donation in perspective:
$10 yearly is $0.83 per month.
$5 yearly is $0.42 per month.
I'm asking for $5 to $10 from members of our board, but any amount will help keep us here on a stable server. I will post the usernames of those who have donated if they care to be named. I understand if you want to remain anonymous, but I will still post the contribution amount without a name so you know when we've met the goal. If you would like to be named, make sure to include your username in the message when you send your donation so I know who to thank!
You can't put a price on a great community, but I think this board is worth $0.42 to $0.83 a month at the very least. For the cost of a candy bar or pack of gum every month, we can continue to host this wonderful community on paid hosting with our own domain name. This is really a test of whether or not we care about having paid hosting. If we can't raise this amount, I'll take that as an indication that unreliable free hosting somewhere else is sufficient. I've already paid my $10 towards this site for the year. We have $90 to go.
I also want to make it clear that I will not abuse your generosity. I will post a screenshot, with personal information blocked out, of how much we raise and how much our services cost. Any donation over what we need will be held in trust for future fees or immediately applied to extend our lease on the server. I will take down the donation line as soon as we've met the amount needed.
- Go to PayPal.com and click on the send button.
- Enter my e-mail address exactly as it appears: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enter the amount you'd like to donate in the currency of your choice and click send.
- Follow any remaining instructions to send or sign up for your account.
Wow! We've already exceeded our goal! We've raised $146.71! This was in less than 24 hours!!! I'm honestly shocked! Absolutely incredible! I'm going to leave this open to see if anyone else wants to contribute. Maybe we can raise enough for 2 or 3 years!
We're at $242.03! I can't say enough about the generosity of the members of our forums! Thank you! Again, I'm leaving this open for anyone else who wishes to contribute.
Well, I just applied the donations and we are good for 2.5 years!
I'd like to thank you all for donating to keep this board running. It was really neat seeing this happen over the course of only a few days! I guess I shouldn't have been surprised given the fact that we have such a great group of people here. All told, we generated roughly $263! Again, thank you so much!
See you in 2.5 years! ;)
Also, I'm going to keep the line open if anybody wishes to donate. Thank you!