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Site Funding
#21
The creators I follow on Patreon tend to work with a monthly donation, and give donors extra access - previews of new materials, unreleased insider knowledge, etc.; but this isn't a requirement. Spoke could work with patrons to have their subscriptions publicly acknowledged here on the message board, or some other kind of recognition.
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#22
I'll be honest, I don't know a ton about Patreon or the other crowdfunding options. Patreon takes 10% though, wouldn't simple Paypal donations make more sense? What's the advantage to the former?
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#23
Probably not much advantage to Patreon, it's just an option that's out there. I was spitballing.
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#24
I appreciate the spitballing. I like that people want to help
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#25
(07-10-2018, 06:47 AM)Spokes Wrote: I appreciate the spitballing. I like that people want to help

I'm stilling going to suggest "Premium" memberships for people that donate. Talk is cheap, lot's of people do it. But few actually spring into action when needed. However, I feel that most members here are genuine people, would be more than happy to donate to an excellent site devoted to the going on's of the region. Where else can we find Ion updates on the fly? New developments? Places to eat. Entertainment. The list goes on.

Sure, we have our struggles now and then. Our disagreements. But you've done a great job at keeping the place civil. Keep up the great work.
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#26
Spokes, do you have an annual fund-raising target? I'm wonder whether it would be possible to post it on the "Donate" page, along with something like a thermometer to show progress being made toward the target?
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#27
(07-11-2018, 06:49 AM)jeffster Wrote:
(07-10-2018, 06:47 AM)Spokes Wrote: I appreciate the spitballing. I like that people want to help

I'm stilling going to suggest "Premium" memberships for people that donate. Talk is cheap, lot's of people do it. But few actually spring into action when needed. However, I feel that most members here are genuine people, would be more than happy to donate to an excellent site devoted to the going on's of the region. Where else can we find Ion updates on the fly? New developments? Places to eat. Entertainment. The list goes on.

Sure, we have our struggles now and then. Our disagreements. But you've done a great job at keeping the place civil. Keep up the great work.

Thanks jeffster!
I'm intrigued by the idea, but I'm just not sure what the "premium" content is that donors would have access to.
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#28
(07-11-2018, 09:44 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Spokes, do you have an annual fund-raising target?  I'm wonder whether it would be possible to post it on the "Donate" page, along with something like a thermometer to show progress being made toward the target?

I'll be honest, I've never gone into it with a target in mind, just happy to get whatever help I can Smile

If there's a way to add in a thermometer, that'd be pretty cool. I'm not sure there's any plugins for that with mybb 

As I say that, a long term fundraising goal would be to come up with the money for xenforo or a replacement for mybb along those lines.
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#29
I think having a fundraising goal posted, and progress towards that indicated, would be a good first step.

I read this thread, and I still don't know what kind of help you need or want. There's just lots of vague discussion around getting money in some indistinct quantity.

I will say, the "Support this site without paying a dime" ad on the front page is not a good look. It looks like a generic ad from the dark depths of the internet trying to sucker you into installing a virus.
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#30
We can definitely set up some sort of goal tracking. As for what kind of help, I'll say what I've always said, I don't expect donations, but I appreciate every penny we raise.

The point of this was to info the community that I'd be seeking ways to raise funds through the site in a yet to be determined way.

Thanks for the feedback on the support image. Is it the image in particular you object to, or it's existence in general?
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