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29 May 2017 22:19 #54356 by fats
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Hi all,

I'm writing to all of you to seek some of your hard earned money to help keep this site going, SWM in its various guises is now celebrating its 20th year, it shocked me as well to think that this site is almost as old as the internet and over the years we have moved hosts as some of you know we are on a VPS server that costs $30 per month. Lfan has asked me to ask you to help in the upkeep of those costs. We are unique in that we don't use advertising to pick up the costs nor do we have a subscription model (otherwise known as a paywall) we offer all the content of this site for free and all we ask is a small donation every now and then to cover the costs.

We have around 1100 members who visit the site each and every day, not all of them are active in posting or writing, but all of them get some enjoyment from the site, if everyone gave just $1 today we would have the hosting costs covered for 3 years and a little left over to pay for some software for the site.

So please help us keep this site going for another 20 years.

Fats
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29 May 2017 23:34 - 30 May 2017 00:04 #54358 by rebel4life
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Thanks for bringing this up to attention.

While I've contributed monetarily in the past, I must confess that I've lost this matter out of sight recently. Dispatching a couple of bucks your way right now, no sweat.

PS: Sorry, but please provide for some means of payment other than paypal. I've steered clear of this shit for 25 years and was right about to break my cardinal rule just once, but (luckily) I couldn't select any donation amount other than USD 5.00 and they required me to drop my pants on top of it. Thanks, but no thanks.

PPS: "The link you have used to enter the PayPal system contains an incorrectly formatted item amount." I'm obviously doing something wrong (again) which other people do right. Still, as I think you're operating an UK-based website, IBAN would just work fine for me.
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29 May 2017 23:51 #54359 by Revan
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Speaking as one of those lurkers who do enjoy the site, I've donated as well.
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29 May 2017 23:52 #54360 by SCOTT R
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Just donated. Thanks Fats and Lfan for all you do.
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30 May 2017 08:05 #54367 by ChaozCloud
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Don't have much to give, but I can at least spare 10 bucks :)
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30 May 2017 08:24 #54368 by Woodclaw
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ChaozCloud wrote: Don't have much to give, but I can at least spare 10 bucks :)


For all of you, every bits help. That's the basic of crowdfunding.

(formerly Anon, still Librarian)

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30 May 2017 12:09 #54371 by fats
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I am looking at alternatives to PayPal, patreon was on that I was looking at and there are others.

I'll keep people up to date on what the options are.

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30 May 2017 12:36 #54373 by Monty
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Count me in -although PayPal doesn't work for me. Keep up the great work Fats and Team SWM!
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30 May 2017 14:06 #54377 by kshoo
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Did my little part for the site too. Thank you Fats and Lfan.
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30 May 2017 15:56 #54378 by Kamelmann
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Donated. Thank you for keeping the site running. :)
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30 May 2017 16:12 #54379 by SHTL
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Donation done :)

Super human teen girl, super strong and unbreakable, with very bad attitude :)
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30 May 2017 18:56 #54384 by LustMonster
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Chipped in some as well.

That thermometer looks like it's well on its way! I hope it reaches the top before that superwoman slams into it...
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30 May 2017 19:20 #54385 by lfan
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Thanks to everyone for their overwhelming response to our fund drive. Fats and I are in awe of peoples' call to arms!

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30 May 2017 20:16 #54392 by TwiceOnThursdays
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The thing I wished I had was a "THanks for your donation on - Date" (ideally showing the last few). Or maybe "it's been XX days since your last donation").

As I keep meaning to donate regularly, but then I forget, and have no idea how long it's been. I guess I should just set a calendar reminder on my computer...

Patreon is good for a monthly fee from people. It's also a bit of advertising (but not much). In that people can discover the site from there. I HAVE found artists and webcomics to support via Patreon, though honestly mostly via looking at what a person or creator is supporting and then following those thorugh and going "hey that looks cool").

I support a lot of people on Patreon, might be time for me to review the list though. I'm ambivalent between the two ... patreon I'd sign up for some low level monthly support, and it'd be a constant stream. It's also a good way to remind us "Monthly costs = $X" and to try to get to that level of monthy funding.
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30 May 2017 23:26 #54401 by rebel4life
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While I FINALLY got paypal working for this one transaction, I'd personally very much prefer a standing donation account for simple bank transfers. But yeah, I realize this is not a reasonalbe option for those residing on the opposite beach of the Atlantic.

I also like ToT's idea, because speaking for myself, I've really lost this out of sight.

Anyways, all fine now.

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31 May 2017 13:43 #54418 by anaheim
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a little Donation done
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01 Jun 2017 13:02 #54447 by fats
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Thanks to everyone who has donated, you're fantastic.

I'm currently looking at alternatives to the PayPal system for funding this site, partreon is one as well as kickstarter and other cloud funding systems.

Again n thank you to all that donated.

Fats

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03 Jun 2017 17:28 #54515 by fats
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Well done all we have broken through the ceiling and we've raised enough for the hosting of the site for a whole year.

I would like to thank you all who donated on behalf of all the members will be rewarded by your generosity.

I'll reset the thermometer on the front page with a new target.

Fats
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03 Jun 2017 23:54 #54524 by SCOTT R
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Fats, you've mentioned before you would like to get some new software for the site. What would this software do and what does it cost?

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