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shadow wrote:What's a good amount to donate? I have no idea what it costs to run a site like this.
e-eye wrote:I would suggest a tax for every post that way people would think twice before posting first. Although a tax may force Wiik off this forum
How about if all those who would be willing to pay a fee simply donate? I think if 40% of the people who actively participate and/or enjoy reading the posts on this forum donate $5 every now and then, it would more than pay for itself. I think since this is a "freedom forum", those who participate, and are financially able, should be honored to freely donate to support the forum.LDSConservative wrote:Feel free to comment below with your thoughts...
jnjnelson wrote:I think if 40% of the people who actively participate and/or enjoy reading the posts on this forum donate $5 every now and then
NoGreaterLove wrote:Do you have the ability to monitor IP addresses? If so, I would suggest allowing X amount of free posts per IP address. Then once that limit is reached, require a yearly fee
LDSNZ wrote:Kiaora Brian,
Have you considered transferring to a less expensive web host?
BrianM wrote:e-eye wrote:I would suggest a tax for every post that way people would think twice before posting first. Although a tax may force Wiik off this forum
Based on the current amount of posts on the forum (131,369), if I had been charging 2 cents per post that would about cover the expenses.
BrianM wrote:Yes, I've considered it... (and have done so) but the typical $5 to $10 shared hosting, while it was sufficient during the first few years of the forum, is not sufficient for the demands of the forum today at it's current activity level... In fact, last year I was paying $100/month for a dedicated server with another hosting company. That was more than necessary so I did some research and decided to make the switch to MediaTemple's Grid-Service hosting (which I am pleased with) which at first was $20/month and was sufficient... after a while the demands of the of forum required some extra MySQL processing power (MySQL is the type of database all of the forum data is stored on), which bumped the cost up to $40/month... And then there are other expenses like domain name renewals.
Jason wrote:the annual membership fee wouldn't be much and it would cover all of the costs. 120 posters @ $5 a year would cover it. Spend twice that just buying lunch on one afternoon.
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