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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:25 pm 
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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.

Traffic was down a little in 2016 compared with 2015, but the forums continued to see a lot of visitors consuming a significant chunk of bandwidth. Unfortunately, due to the effects of the Brexit vote, the server is now around 20% more expensive than it was previously, but on the plus side donations coming from outside the UK are generally worth more. We’re aiming for £500 of donations again (around US $615, or €590), 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 will be a great help.

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.)

CURRENT TOTAL DONATED: £500.00 / £500.00 (100%)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:43 pm 
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orudge wrote:
CURRENT TOTAL DONATED: £0.00 / £500.00 (103%)

I fixed that for you. I enjoy moderating the SROTU. Also chipped in. You keep running this beast of a forum and I'm happy to help both with slaying the spam ghouls but also in the funding! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Oops, copypasta! Thanks very much for your support. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:40 am 
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Total is now wrong, it should be at least £10 more! (Provided my bank haven't messed up :lol: )

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:49 am 
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Thanks for all the donations so far!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:49 pm 
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10 euros from Holland added as well, thanks for the good work


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:32 pm 
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Nearly at £100, or 20% of the way there! Thanks once again for all donations so far. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:58 am 
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I tender a donation in the amount of £275.00, to be divided at your discretion.

I thank everyone involved in the community for all you do. I can't believe I'm still addicted to this game after 20+ years of playing it!

-Marc


P.S. - If you remember my words from last year's donation, I hoped for a win for Albania and a good showing by Iceland. Not sure I can pat St. Kilda on the back this time around, but from a purely proper football perspective...wow!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:19 am 
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That is extremely kind, thank you very much! I have split your donation 50/50 between OpenTTD and TT-Forums (if you'd rather alter this split then let me know).

We're now nearly half way to the donation target, so thanks again to everyone who has donated for all your support!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:42 pm 
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Thanks to a couple more donations, we're now over that 50% mark - thank you!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:31 pm 
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A couple more donations over the past few days - thank you very much indeed! Now over two-thirds of the way to the target. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:52 pm 
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Once again, thank you for all donations so far - we're nearly there!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:50 am 
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96% of the way there, very close now! Thank you again for your continued support. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:55 am 
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And that's the target hit! As I keep saying, thank you very much indeed for all your support - it is greatly appreciated, and helps keep the forums going. :)

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