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Site Funding
#41
(07-11-2018, 10:07 AM)Spokes Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 06:49 AM)jeffster Wrote: 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.

I'm not sure they would get any sort of "Premium" content, other than perhaps not getting any info about donations. This is what Wikipedia does.

It also would add the word "Premium" or whatever you want, and I'll give you an example (this is from dslreports.com).

USERNAME
join: 2013-09-08
level: 4 loc:
Kitchener, ON
Premium Member
reviews: posts:
2327 online: Now!

Only paid members have "Premium Member" listed.

However, I was thinking about it more, what you could do is this: For the regulars who can't afford to donate, keep their username the same colour as any other unpaying member. However, if one donates (perhaps a minimum yearly), they could have an alternate colour.

As it stands now, you have a different colour, as do the mods. So adding a different a colour for paying members might work.
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#42
(07-11-2018, 06:53 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 10:07 AM)Spokes Wrote: 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.

I'm not sure they would get any sort of "Premium" content, other than perhaps not getting any info about donations. This is what Wikipedia does.

It also would add the word "Premium" or whatever you want, and I'll give you an example (this is from dslreports.com).

USERNAME
join: 2013-09-08
level: 4 loc:
Kitchener, ON
Premium Member
reviews: posts:
2327 online: Now!

Only paid members have "Premium Member" listed.

However, I was thinking about it more, what you could do is this: For the regulars who can't afford to donate, keep their username the same colour as any other unpaying member. However, if one donates (perhaps a minimum yearly), they could have an alternate colour.
Regulars should donate. It can be a little 2 dollars or one dollar. If you can afford the internet, you can afford that...
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#43
(07-11-2018, 02:55 PM)bgb_ca Wrote: How are you paying for hosting? Is it based on traffic, or a fixed monthly rate?

It's a monthly rate
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#44
(07-11-2018, 05:57 PM)Canard Wrote: I had always hoped we donated enough that you weren’t out of pocket at all and you just put it into a pot...

That's always the goal.  In the past I've been ok with contributing too.  Some years the donations have covered the costs, others haven't.  Last year they were totally covered.
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#45
(07-11-2018, 06:53 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 10:07 AM)Spokes Wrote: 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.

I'm not sure they would get any sort of "Premium" content, other than perhaps not getting any info about donations. This is what Wikipedia does.

It also would add the word "Premium" or whatever you want, and I'll give you an example (this is from dslreports.com).

USERNAME
join: 2013-09-08
level: 4 loc:
Kitchener, ON
Premium Member
reviews: posts:
2327 online: Now!

Only paid members have "Premium Member" listed.

However, I was thinking about it more, what you could do is this: For the regulars who can't afford to donate, keep their username the same colour as any other unpaying member. However, if one donates (perhaps a minimum yearly), they could have an alternate colour.

As it stands now, you have a different colour, as do the mods. So adding a different a colour for paying members might work.

Oh ok, I was thinking you meant offering different content for premium members, thus an insentive to donate.

The colour method would work.  Not getting notified about donations might be harder.  There doesn't seem to be an option to exempt certain members from the announcements.
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#46
I like the idea of some sort of progress bar, knowing the shortfall can spur people to donate more... I have no idea how much hosting costs these days, aeons ago I had a personal .com site and it only ran me 60$ a year or something stupid like that but I don't know what kind of bandwidth or database stuff that bought me and I didn't have to license forum software either.
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#47
(07-11-2018, 06:55 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 06:53 PM)jeffster Wrote: I'm not sure they would get any sort of "Premium" content, other than perhaps not getting any info about donations. This is what Wikipedia does.

It also would add the word "Premium" or whatever you want, and I'll give you an example (this is from dslreports.com).

USERNAME
join: 2013-09-08
level: 4 loc:
Kitchener, ON
Premium Member
reviews: posts:
2327 online: Now!

Only paid members have "Premium Member" listed.

However, I was thinking about it more, what you could do is this: For the regulars who can't afford to donate, keep their username the same colour as any other unpaying member. However, if one donates (perhaps a minimum yearly), they could have an alternate colour.
Regulars should donate. It can be a little 2 dollars or one dollar. If you can afford the internet, you can afford that...

I would agree.

The only issue I see for Spokes is if he 'earns' too much. Does it become like a PT job at that point? Taxable income?

To me, this is more than a hobbyist site. You can tell it's not geared to generating income for the owner too. It falls somewhere in between those two.
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#48
(07-12-2018, 12:07 AM)jeffster Wrote:
(07-11-2018, 06:55 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote: Regulars should donate. It can be a little 2 dollars or one dollar. If you can afford the internet, you can afford that...

I would agree.

The only issue I see for Spokes is if he 'earns' too much. Does it become like a PT job at that point? Taxable income?

To me, this is more than a hobbyist site. You can tell it's not geared to generating income for the owner too. It falls somewhere in between those two.

True,  I personally am comfortable with any extra money going to him as a "honorarium" for all his efforts. If not for him, we wouldn't be utilizing the site.   After that, it is between Spokes and CRA.
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#49
Now that payday is tomorrow, I just threw 20 bucks towards this community since it's a great resource with mostly great people. Smile

Amazon link would not really work for me since I may spend about 100 bucks a year there.
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#50
(07-12-2018, 07:22 AM)Rainrider22 Wrote:
(07-12-2018, 12:07 AM)jeffster Wrote: I would agree.

The only issue I see for Spokes is if he 'earns' too much. Does it become like a PT job at that point? Taxable income?

To me, this is more than a hobbyist site. You can tell it's not geared to generating income for the owner too. It falls somewhere in between those two.

True,  I personally am comfortable with any extra money going to him as a "honorarium" for all his efforts. If not for him, we wouldn't be utilizing the site.   After that, it is between Spokes and CRA.

I feel like I shouldn't be surprised anymore, but the generosity of this community continues to astound me!  Thank you everyone for your support, kind words and donations.  You all rock!
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