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After much internal staff discussion and polling the members, the decision to implement a donation system was decided upon. The donation widget has been installed, and after a little fine tuning, is working as desired.

I setup the donation drive as General Operating Costs. This includes annual licensing fees for the Xenforo forum software, the style theme, the site hosting costs, SSL certificate, and the monthly marketing expenses. I decided not to break it into multiple donation drives for each category (one for software, one for theme, one for site hosting, etc.) since that would be a lot to manage and wouldn't add any benefit to the site.

I don't want to publish numbers out in public view about how much each of those things costs. That is proprietary to the site. However, if a member wishes to know more, they may contact me in private. The site has it's own dedicated business account, is registered, and all finances are kept separate from my own private finances. I have a good paying job and don't need anyone's money to support myself or my family. The donations are strictly for the site.

Any donations that exceed the monthly goal will be used to increase the marketing budget and reach more people. If additional site needs or improvements are needed or desired, we can implement a separate donation drive to fund those activities.
 

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The countdown timer counts down to the end of each month and rolls over every month. It's just an ongoing monthly donation cycle. Don't feel pressured at the end of the countdown that you'll miss an opportunity to donate or anything like that. It just does that automatically because I have the goal set to a monthly cycle.
 

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Katie I think this donation thing is the right way to go. It's not right for you to be carrying all the costs of the site on yourself. You have done this community a great service and I thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all you've done!! Now it's time to let us help you help us. :giggle:
 

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I would love to help. Where do I find this donation button? Gotta go to the main site on my computer?

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If you would prefer not to have your username listed on the donations list, please check the Anonymous box when making a donation. I am checking with the software support people about a way to force all donations to be anonymous.
 

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I just checked and the donation system also works fine when not logged in. It correctly says it’s from a guest, which is great, because it means that outsiders could donate as well. If we could now get rid of the donations list altogether that would be more in the spirit of our discussions.

@Katie Is there perhaps a way to set up recurring donations with this system?
 
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Coolest part is that its been active for little over 12 hours and we're at 82% of goal.

THANKS EVERYONE

This just confirms what some of us have been saying. Thanks everyone for making it reality!

Mike
 

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I just want to give a quick update. I did not factor in Paypal fees, and we actually came up a little short on the goal. Don't worry, it's not a huge deal. But I am going to be adjusting the next month's goal upward to compensate for the Paypal fees. The fees add about $22 to equal out to a net donation sum of $425. So I am going to make the next month's goal an even $450 so we're not missing the goal on the net side after fees.
 

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Katie, let’s please not forget that the intent never was to implement a donation system so we can start chasing a target. Actually, the intent as documented in the discuuion in the other thread explicitly was to NOT do that, so let‘s please not attach any pressure to donations by hinging site and marketing financing on it.

Donations alone will never be able to satisfy that and there have to be other means of financing as well. The donation system was meant to give people a way to show their very own personal appreciation of TR, its admins, moderators and members, of all who come together to create a helpful atmosphere. Let’s please not ruin that by making people think they have to donate to meet a target.
 

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I'm about to turn this discussion in a very dark and ugly direction. I know it would be very destructive and hurtful, so I am choosing to step away from the conversation and let the other staff handle this dumpster fire.
 

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It was very encouraging for me to see just how supportive our members are by being able to see how fast we met our goal. I think it shows just how enthusiastic this forum is. Many of our members have shared there opinion in favor of knowing the monthly operating cost. It is a common standard for most forum sites like ours.
 

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I'm about to turn this discussion in a very dark and ugly direction. I know it would be very destructive and hurtful, so I am choosing to step away from the conversation and let the other staff handle this dumpster fire.

I am not the 'staff' but I want to chime in. Katie has done a TON of work building this site AND financed it herself until this point. We all owe her IMHO an enormous debt of gratitude. As a group we all suggested accepting donations and doing some advertising.
Katie financing this site any further was inexcusable from my point of view. She is still doing a lot of work AND has a family to provide for.

Comments about growing the site - marketing - cost centers - etc are perfectly reasonable to identify where the money is going. And marketing is not about making a profit - it is about making the site more visible thereby more accessible to those it may help.

Ok that is my opinion regarding any crap spoken/written about donations etc.

Regarding any opinions that may have appeared to be ..... shall we say... not supportive. Those opinions may not have come across in the spirit that the writer intended so I think we should go with the benefit of the doubt.

I kicked in my tiny donation and saw some large ones too. I think we all have a good conscious. Give what you can and feel good about it and this site.

Thanks to @Katie and all of the staff. :)@OzGirl @Lexxi @TonyaJanelle @Linde and anyone I forgot.
 

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I got a little behind on updating things. I have reset the monthly rolling donation counter. It's supposed to rollover automatically, and did not. So, I need to investigate that. But creating new donations drives each month isn't hard, so I am not complaining.
 

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I got a little behind on updating things. I have reset the monthly rolling donation counter. It's supposed to rollover automatically, and did not. So, I need to investigate that. But creating new donations drives each month isn't hard, so I am not complaining.
Hi Katie. I tried twice and it wouldn't let me use my credit card. That's how I did it last time. Do you now have to use Pay Pal?
Hugs,
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Hi Katie. I tried twice and it wouldn't let me use my credit card. That's how I did it last time. Do you now have to use Pay Pal?
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Shouldn't have to. Let me check it out.
 

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Hi Katie. I tried twice and it wouldn't let me use my credit card. That's how I did it last time. Do you now have to use Pay Pal?
Hugs,
Mike
It seems to be working now. Give it another try.
 
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