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Site Funding
#31
For what it's worth, Spokes, my front page to the site on desktop is always the "What's New" page. I never see content on the rest of the site, and therefore would miss any banners like the one mentioned above.

I really like the Amazon affiliate idea. Some sort of text link in line with posts saying something to the effect of "support the site by using WRC as an Amazon affiliate." It's clear what it is, doesn't really require anything from anyone, and it isn't terribly disruptive while still be noticeable to remind people. I'd recommend keeping the donation links as well.
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#32
(07-11-2018, 11:08 AM)Spokes Wrote: Thanks for the feedback on the support image. Is it the image in particular you object to, or it's existence in general?

It's just the phrasing/design that I find troubling.
It doesn't read as specific to WRC, it doesn't say the name of the website, use the same font, the same colours, or even fit in the sidebar correctly.
It looks like it could be some kind of scam injected on to the site.
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#33
Whoah, I rarely visit the front page, and I just noticed that too - that's a big red flag.

Also +1 on the fundraising goal thingie - I just make a donation every now and then but have no idea how much I'm helping. I don't know if it costs $50 or $1000 a month to operate...
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#34
(07-11-2018, 11:20 AM)jamincan Wrote: For what it's worth, Spokes, my front page to the site on desktop is always the "What's New" page. I never see content on the rest of the site, and therefore would miss any banners like the one mentioned above.

I really like the Amazon affiliate idea. Some sort of text link in line with posts saying something to the effect of "support the site by using WRC as an Amazon affiliate." It's clear what it is, doesn't really require anything from anyone, and it isn't terribly disruptive while still be noticeable to remind people. I'd recommend keeping the donation links as well.

I like your idea of an in line text link .Good call!  Easy to do too.
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#35
(07-11-2018, 11:41 AM)Markster Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 11:08 AM)Spokes Wrote: Thanks for the feedback on the support image. Is it the image in particular you object to, or it's existence in general?

It's just the phrasing/design that I find troubling.
It doesn't read as specific to WRC, it doesn't say the name of the website, use the same font, the same colours, or even fit in the sidebar correctly.
It looks like it could be some kind of scam injected on to the site.

Ya you're absolutely right. I just threw it together in 5 minutes last night, but it definitely does need to fit.
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#36
(07-11-2018, 12:28 PM)Canard Wrote: Whoah, I rarely visit the front page, and I just noticed that too - that's a big red flag.

Also +1 on the fundraising goal thingie - I just make a donation every now and then but have no idea how much I'm helping.  I don't know if it costs $50 or $1000 a month to operate...

Mybb doesn't have any plugins for an ongoing goal. So it would just have to be updated manually.  Which I'm happy to do, I just worry about what happens when it doesn't get updated for a couple weeks.  Is that an issue, do you guys think?

Also, do I just keep the goal at the bare minimum for operating costs?  I mean I'd like to eventually raise more so that a) there's a buffer if we're ever short and b) so things could eventually be upgraded (aka server, software, etc)

Thoughts?
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#37
Budget for what the site needs and use that as a target.
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#38
How are you paying for hosting? Is it based on traffic, or a fixed monthly rate?
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#39
Any organization is going to have goals. Budget for those goals and set your targets based on the goals.
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#40
I had always hoped we donated enough that you weren’t out of pocket at all and you just put it into a pot...
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