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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:30 am 
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As regular visitors will know, these forums are run on a voluntary basis, funded partially by advertising, but mostly by your very generous donations. While donations are accepted all year, I like to post this topic once a year to try to get enough donations to run the site for the upcoming year.

2015 continued to see strong visitor numbers, with a total of around 100 million hits. The forums continue to do very well, but the server they are hosted on does of course cost money to run. As with last year, we’re aiming for £500 of donations this year (around US $730, or €680), to help cover as much of the expense of running the forums as possible. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and has been appreciated for many years - without your help, the forums may not exist today. If you could spare even just a few pounds, dollars, euros, or whatever currency you use, to help the forums, it'd be appreciated.

Instead of a single large donation, you may wish to consider sending a regular monthly donation, if this is something you can afford. Hosting for the forums is paid monthly, so this can help to spread things around a bit. If you'd be interested in donating like this, please let me know.

You can find the donation page here. Donations can be taken by PayPal (including credit/debit card payments - you don't need a PayPal account) and direct bank transfer (including international bank transfers). Within the UK, I can also accept cheques and postal orders. If there is another way you would like to donate, let me know and we can figure something out. Your donations are very much appreciated.

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If you don't want to, or can't, send a monetary donation, you can use our Amazon affiliate links when you shop at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. Again, the donations page here explains that.

Please note that donations to OpenTTD are NOT donations for the forums; the forums and OpenTTD are unconnected (although I process donations for both, they are held and recorded separately). To donate to the forums, please use this link, not the link on the OpenTTD web site.

Thank you all for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions. (This announcement will be removed in the future.)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:45 am 
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£20 donated to the booze fund :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:34 am 
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It keeps removing some of the donated money when I use Paypal, huh?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:47 am 
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There will unfortunately be a small fee if you make a payment by PayPal. I think you can possibly choose to send a PayPal payment as a "gift" to owen at owenrudge dot net and it'll maybe reduce/remove the fee though.

Thanks very much for all your support so far - we're nearly a fifth of the way there already!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:35 am 
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Good morning everyone!

I hereby tender my annual donation in the amount of £150.00. May your new year be filled with vintage isometrics, properly-compiled nightly builds, and far too many poorly-planned cloverleaf junctions. May the football gods smile upon Iceland this summer at Euro 2016, and while we're at it, let's see Shqipëri notch a 3-pointer, too. And as always, go St. Kilda!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:13 am 
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Thanks very much, Marc, that's extremely kind of you. As requested via PM, I've split your donation 50/50 between OpenTTD and the forums, so have added £75 into the forum pot. :)

Many thanks to everybody who has donated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:07 am 
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Just donated €100 (Should have clicked £80... :P)

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Thanks very much! Extremely kind of you, and takes us nearly to half way. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:18 pm 
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Donation sent via Bank Transfer! If it wasn't for the support of this community and throwing ridiculous debate positions at Wave Dorley, I wouldn't have developed such an interest in commercial transport that led to my current job :D

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It's about time you employed me as your PA *grumble*

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:32 am 
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JamieLei wrote:
Donation sent via Bank Transfer! If it wasn't for the support of this community and throwing ridiculous debate positions at Wave Dorley, I wouldn't have developed such an interest in commercial transport that led to my current job :D

Thanks very much, Jamie! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:54 am 
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We're now two-thirds of the way there - thanks once again to everybody for their support!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Hi Owen,

I will host your domains / forums for free. That's my offer of donation.

Contact me in you're interested.


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TimmyTossPot: That is a kind offer, but Owen runs a server provider called Zernebok and I believe the forums are hosted through them. We have changed hosts once or twice to provide for a reliable host. These forums amass a great deal of data every year.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:30 pm 
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Chrill wrote:
TimmyTossPot: That is a kind offer, but Owen runs a server provider called Zernebok and I believe the forums are hosted through them. We have changed hosts once or twice to provide for a reliable host. These forums amass a great deal of data every year.


I did wonder if zernebok and owen were related, but I assumed you wouldn't be asking for donations...


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Related or not:: that doesn't make it free-of-charge or costs.

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Indeed; the forums are hosted on their own server which does cost money to run. While I do run a web host (Zernebok), it doesn't make profit out of the forums (apart from it being rather immoral in my opinion to do so, given I do ask for donations to help with the forums, I'd basically be handing at least 20% of that profit straight to the government in tax, which would seem somewhat pointless).

Thanks for the offer though, and thanks to everybody for their continued support. :)

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Over three quarters of the way there now - as always, your contributions are greatly appreciated!

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Posting here to remind me that I need to do this. Pay day is Friday so shall sort something then.

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Just sent in my donation, nothing major, just a fiver, but wanted to at least put towards the fundraiser this year!

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