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Post by orudge » 05 Sep 2004 13:49

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These forums cost quite a bit to run - some €150/month or so now - most of which comes out of my own pocket. The advertising on the site helps greatly to cover the cost of the dedicated server, but it's not always enough. Therefore, it would be greatly appreciated if people could donate something - large or small - to the forum fund. Please do consider donating something, however small - every little helps! If you like, you could set up a recurring payment by PayPal - to pay, for example, £5 a month into my account, which, over the course of time, would help quite significantly.

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The easiest way to donate would be via PayPal. Simply click the following button to send an amount of money. You don't have to sign up for a PayPal account if you don't want to: you can simply pay directly by credit or debit card.

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If you'd prefer to donate in another currency, please send a donation to owen@owenrudge.net. Please mark it as a gift/donation within PayPal, and state that it is for the forums.

Other online payment systems

If there is another online payment processor you would like to use, contact me - I may be able to set up an account with them to receive payments.

Cheque or postal/money order
If you live in the UK, I can accept cheques and postal orders. Again, send me a private message for more information on this. Cheques from outside the UK carry a charge to pay in, so please contact me beforehand to discuss the matter. If you have previously sent me a cheque, please send me a PM and get my latest address, since I change address fairly frequently as a student!

Direct bank transfer
I could accept a direct bank transfer. I would prefer not to do this, but if there is no other way, then it's a possibility (I have received money successfully this way before from forum members).

As a last resort, you could send me money by post. Just don't blame me if it gets stolen by a postal worker!

Amazon Affiliate Links

Another way of providing a bit of money would be by buying an item from Amazon via one of my affiliate links:

Amazon UK
Amazon UK is the preferred link to use, if you are able to. Use http://www.owenrudge.net/amazon/ as your Amazon link in future..

Amazon Canada
I have also set up an affiliates account with Amazon.ca. Use http://www.owenrudge.net/amazon/ca/ as your Amazon link in future..

Amazon.com
If you use the main Amazon.com, you can help support the forums by using this link: www.owenrudge.net/amazon/us/ when making purchases.

Thank you very much for your help. You are a very generous community, and it's thanks to you that this forum can survive.
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Post by John » 05 Sep 2004 14:37

hmm, strange that this comes just before locomotion is due to be released :roll:

and now his asking for bribes!
cheeky bugger....:P

k, i presume this is a plea, so have a tenner

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Post by orudge » 05 Sep 2004 14:44

John wrote:hmm, strange that this comes just be for locomotion is due to be released :roll:
That was actually a co-incidence, seriously, I was planning on doing this for a while. I can manage to buy Locomotion myself, I'm sure. ;)

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Post by spaceman-spiff » 08 Sep 2004 23:29

Nobody else :x
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Post by ThorRune » 09 Sep 2004 07:19

Huh? Nobody else what?
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Post by spaceman-spiff » 09 Sep 2004 08:08

Not obvious enough for you :roll:

DONATIONS, what's this topic all about do you think, o god help me

You all want forums, but it costs a lot, if nobody helps Owen he might abandon it or trim it down
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Post by Trev » 09 Sep 2004 09:40

What about the subtle text ads Google offers?

Heheh, my head will roll for that.

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Post by ThorRune » 09 Sep 2004 09:41

That wasnt obeous

But i got money now :D
I get 21 tousand nok (Like 2 tousand £) a half year, so maybe i can give something once i gat paypal...
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Post by John » 09 Sep 2004 12:16

Zetor2003 wrote: I get 21 tousand nok (Like 2 tousand £) a half year, so maybe i can give something once i gat paypal...
well, i suppose we could get a better server with £2000 . thanks for offering :mrgreen:
anyway, what happened to the last hall of fame??

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Post by orudge » 09 Sep 2004 14:59

Trev wrote:What about the subtle text ads Google offers?
I tried that once, but they didn't allow the site. I noticed a mod on phpBB.com that apparently makes phpBB Google-friendly, but I've not tried it.

The last hall of fame is still available in the previous topic, but I've started a new hall of fame for this new "round" of donations. Anyway, all donations, however large or small, are much appreciated!

Hmm, now if all of our 4081 users was to donate £10... £40,810... that'd buy us a nice server for a fair few years. ;)

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Post by Flavius » 09 Sep 2004 15:21

Hi Owen
Happy to make a promise of a donation in about 2 or 3 weeks time.
Only could someone give equivelants in other currencies to assist me. Particularly A$ of course. I will use a cheque as i do not like PayPal. :?
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Post by orudge » 09 Sep 2004 15:26

Well...

£10 = $18 (USD)
£10 = €15
£10 = $23 (CAD)
£10 = $26 (AUD)

approximately. More is always appreciated, but whatever you can afford really. ;)

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Post by Darkvater » 09 Sep 2004 23:05

There you go Owen, I hope some Euro's will do you good :)
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Post by orudge » 10 Sep 2004 21:34

Thanks to all the donations so far.

Now, if I want to upgrade to the higher-spec virtual server package (60% instead of 35% CPU, 192MB RAM allocation instead of 96MB, 12.5GB HD, 150GB bandwidth), it'll be $449.99/year, rather than the $299/year we are currently on. So, more money is still needed, if that's what we end up doing. :)

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Post by Adzyboy » 11 Sep 2004 13:13

Donated 20 quid.

More will come shortly. I don't get paid until the end of September. So I will probably donate some more then.

£70 in total I donated to Owen :P
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Post by orudge » 12 Sep 2004 13:26

Thanks to all donations so far. I've updated the first post with a bit more information about potential server upgrades, if we end up needing them. Basically, staying with Adiungo, it's about $500/year for the next level of virtual server, and then $1000/year or so for an actual dedicated server.

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Post by tubechallenger » 13 Sep 2004 00:49

I donated some money, hopefully Owen has recieved it well! :)

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Post by orudge » 13 Sep 2004 16:58

Yes, thanks, I did - all donations gratefully accepted! :)


EDIT: I have now been accepted for the Google AdSense programme. This means that you will shortly start seeing Google text-based adverts on the forum. Note that these should be unintrusive, but hopefully may provide me with a bit more income to help keep the forum alive.

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Post by orudge » 14 Sep 2004 15:22

Well, the adverts are now active on various forum pages. Discussion of them isn't really allowed by Google (it could "unnaturally" increase hit rates), so if you have any comments on them, please PM me.

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Post by ThorRune » 20 Sep 2004 19:03

Hmm, google ads, eh? It seems everybody is geting them now.
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