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Thanks for the still additional donations today, its been a long day at work so I Hope I reached out to everyone. I found a few widgets that show costs and donation drives. I will see if I can in

Just white listed it and first ad I got was for ad blockers. Lol 

Hi All, first off thank you to the many who have donated! Between Venmo and Paypay a whopping $595 has been donated to the site. This should be good for the next 6-7 months! I will reach out to e

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21 hours ago, MB3 said:

I agree. I wonder if there's a way to have subscribers to help offset the cost? I'd be happy to pay monthly, quarterly or annually. 

The cost of that plus your subscription to Pavel Zacha’s OnlyFans is probably too much to spend per month...

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2 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

How quickly do Amazon referrals show up? Just bought something using the link but I made sure to bookmark it so going forward the referrals should work every time. 

I freaking forgot about the amazon link and ordered from there yesterday, ugh this stomach bug/virus/plague is really sapping my brain....

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On 3/20/2021 at 8:42 PM, mfitz804 said:

It was @NJDfan1711

 

 

Yup it was definitely me.  I'm a man of my word and I know I paid whatever I was able to at the time, and I believe I made a couple more payments afterwards, but I have to be honest, I did forget about it after a while.  I am not sure how much in total I paid, but I just sent another $100 to DM just now for good measure. 

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Also, just curious, but it would be nice to see a breakdown of the costs associated with running this place.  When you say PayPal dinged you $90/mo for hosting and it happened twice this year, is that on top of some other regular monthly hosting fee?  As someone who's in the IT industry I might be able to help find a cheaper/better hosting provider in case you're not happy with the one you have now, of if they're just on the more expensive side.   

Is the forum software an annual subscription?  I know back in the day IPB used to be one-time and perpetual, but that was a long time ago so just curious if they changed their plans/pricing.

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Hi All, first off thank you to the many who have donated! Between Venmo and Paypay a whopping $595 has been donated to the site. This should be good for the next 6-7 months!

I will reach out to everyone individually to thank you.

 

The  costs are this:

85$ month hosting (VPS on amazon)

The forum software is $70 a year for support. Domain name's 12$

$1102 ish a year

 

Hosting is expensive because of the large database side we have (it was 4GB) the last time I looked and the memory usage means most hosts won't even allow us on a smaller shared plan.

 

 

 

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There are at least 20-30 of us active here. If we all gave $3-5 a month we'd be set and DM wouldn't be needing to pay out of pocket. I like the Patreon idea someone mentioned. 

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donated -

@DevilMinder - i think you could also just do a similar post like this once or twice a year and you'd almost certainly get the annual costs covered users.

no shame in it of course. hell, i gladly do every time you ask and i'm sure many other do as well.

i know that in the past you've offered ad-free experience for those that pay.

you can also install software that won't allow ad-blockers to work but don't know if that's really worth it. i assume that just showing the ads is nothing - you need clickthroughs which i'd think most on this site won't do.

keep us up to date to make sure the year is covered at least.

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Something that has worked on another site I frequent is doing a thread where people post items for sale and pledge the proceeds (or a percent thereof) to the site. Some folks might be on the edge of donating, not quite ready to click, but if they get a bobble head or something out of it, maybe they would...

Not sure if it would work here, but I know I floated the idea in another forum I frequented and it generated about $2500 between people buying stuff or seeing the thread and just deciding to donate. 

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5 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

Something that has worked on another site I frequent is doing a thread where people post items for sale and pledge the proceeds (or a percent thereof) to the site. Some folks might be on the edge of donating, not quite ready to click, but if they get a bobble head or something out of it, maybe they would...

Not sure if it would work here, but I know I floated the idea in another forum I frequented and it generated about $2500 between people buying stuff or seeing the thread and just deciding to donate. 

That's a cool idea, or perhaps whatever money is donated, if there happens to be a surplus or anything extra, you could take a portion of that and do a raffle where those who donated are entered into a random drawing for a piece of memorabilia, merchandise, etc.  

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3 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

That's a cool idea, or perhaps whatever money is donated, if there happens to be a surplus or anything extra, you could take a portion of that and do a raffle where those who donated are entered into a random drawing for a piece of memorabilia, merchandise, etc.  

Someone would still need to donate the prize...

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40 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Someone would still need to donate the prize...

No, I said if there was leftover money or ever a surplus, a portion of the donations could go towards selecting a small prize....

EDIT:  Probably still not explaining it well.... I mean DM could decide on his own a particular item or prize to buy with the money that was donated, and then offer that up in a raffle.  

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26 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

No, I said if there was leftover money or ever a surplus, a portion of the donations could go towards selecting a small prize....

EDIT:  Probably still not explaining it well.... I mean DM could decide on his own a particular item or prize to buy with the money that was donated, and then offer that up in a raffle.  

So in your model, donations would exceed cost and instead of paying the money forward toward next year, DM would purchase and award a prize?

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19 hours ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

RANGO!

 

Lmao wrong thread but fvck it

this made me audibly lol for some reason

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Thanks for the still additional donations today, its been a long day at work so I Hope I reached out to everyone.

I found a few widgets that show costs and donation drives. I will see if I can install one so the budget is out there for all to see.

 

Thanks!

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On 3/23/2021 at 8:56 PM, mfitz804 said:

So in your model, donations would exceed cost and instead of paying the money forward toward next year, DM would purchase and award a prize?

I'm not saying that's "my model", I'm saying it's one possible thing to do.  Having a random drawing for a small prize might incentivize people to donate, don't you think?

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1 hour ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I'm not saying that's "my model", I'm saying it's one possible thing to do.  Having a random drawing for a small prize might incentivize people to donate, don't you think?

It is “your model” because you “suggested it”. 

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2 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I'm not saying that's "my model", I'm saying it's one possible thing to do.  Having a random drawing for a small prize might incentivize people to donate, don't you think?

I just don't follow this line of thinking. I'm incentivized to donate because I've come to this website 10 times a day for a decade and a half and I don't feel right having the guy in charge foot that bill. Setting up raffles or prizes feels silly; any donation to this website should go directly to this website, and it would de-incentivize me to continue to donate if I know that half of my money was going to a $40 starbucks gift card for a random member. 

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3 minutes ago, MB3 said:

I just don't follow this line of thinking. I'm incentivized to donate because I've come to this website 10 times a day for a decade and a half and I don't feel right having the guy in charge foot that bill. Setting up raffles or prizes feels silly; any donation to this website should go directly to this website, and it would de-incentivize me to continue to donate if I know that half of my money was going to a $40 starbucks gift card for a random member. 

Yep. Although I do not mind a Starbucks now and again.

Unless, of course, a prize were donated by a member as a way to solicit extra funds, as I previously mentioned. 

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