Options to contribute financially to the site

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by SgtWookie, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. SgtWookie

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    A new member wondered why there was no option to contribute financially to the forum.

    I thought that was rather curious myself. Advertising alone can't pay for the site.

    If financing for the site isn't a concern, then perhaps a small icon could be devoted for contributing to a politically neutral worthwhile cause, somewhere on the page.

    Just a thought.
     
  2. retched

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    Agreed. A bandwidth and server cost offset, or a general worldwide aid fund. Or both.

    Once the monthly bills are paid, the overage would be donated.
     
  3. bertus

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    Hello,

    Some time ago Bill_Marsden also asked how the forum is supported:
    http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/showthread.php?t=19223

    I have seen a forum where you could "buy" a tiltle.
    For example:
    donate 5 euro a year : bronze member
    donate 10 euro a year : silver member
    donate 20 euro a year : golden member
    donate 50 euro a year : platina member

    Greetings,
    Bertus
     
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  4. jpanhalt

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    Is there a problem that needs to be addressed? What is the magnitude of the problem?

    The thread link from bertus implies costs were being offset adequately by the current mechanism, but times change. If there is a problem, I would prefer any remedy that would avoid the level of advertising present on other sites. I feel creating levels of membership in recognition of the amount donated is a slippery slope.

    John
     
  5. retched

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    Agreed. Like politicians, buying 'status' is never a good thing.

    How about a little badge icon for "donor"? Regardless if it was .50 cents or $50,000 dollars.

    That may encourage donation.

    or. no badge at all. You know who you are, and what you've done.
     
  6. bertus

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    Hello,

    The donation scheme is what I saw at a dutch forum.
    I think it is not so well for our forum.
    For me there needs not to be a "donor" badge.
    I just like it here as it is, clean and friendly.

    Greetings,
    Bertus
     
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  7. loosewire

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    Maybe guest are doing us a favor by not signing up,70,000
    plus thousands at a .01 cent pre hit would add up,thank you
    guest,Carry on Mate.
     
  8. crshman

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    I too would like to know where to donate. The "book" that this site has made available is invaluable to my learning. I'd like to show my gratitude in some way.
     
  9. loosewire

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    crshman,thanks for signing in for a noble cause.There has been no hint
    of money problems from the management,most likely good management
    by adminstrators.
     
  10. crshman

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    Yeah I normally just lurk and read, been around for a while though.

    Yes, it would appear that the management is great, but I want to feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I donated my part =)
     
  11. jrap

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    Hi guys,

    I do appreciate the interest. The ads surprisingly do cover server costs (ironically I suggest installing Adblock to all of my friends and family). The server seems to be holding up quite fine, so unless we suddenly need some major upgrades I'd prefer AAC does not accept monetary donations.


    Rob
     
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  12. R!f@@

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    I cannot install adblock, get's an error 260 or something
     
  13. mkbutan

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    some old saying
    "Don't take the LESSON with you , share the KNOWLEDGE with other's from that LESSON"
     
  14. Georacer

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    Rifaa, which browser do you use? Firefox hardly has any problems with adblock. I 've been using it for the last few versions. It really improves the browsing experience. *NO* pop-ups appear any more.
     
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  15. R!f@@

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    Fire fox...

    Thanks for the concern.

    I got around the ad problem. It's cool
     
  16. emc-2

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    Chrome browser has a good adblock addon and works on most sites..
     
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