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I block all ads: I hate them, but would support the forum if it had a donate button that allowed me to put in like $5 when I have it to spare. Some places do the donate option but have a $20-$25 minimum and that prevents me from supporting them. It needs to be possible to do it on a whim, with disposable income, so my suggestion is to allow donors to donate any amount, no minimum. If I could click to donate $2-3 when I had it (preferably via PayPal), I'd do it, but rationalizing dropping $20 in a lump sum makes me ask myself "do I really NEED this?" and then I don't. Make it easy, make it cheap: people will do it.
 
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I agree there, I can do $5 here, $4 there, on good months, but $20 usually makes me back off cause that’s a tank of gas.
 
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How about you do a volunteer donation plan for one year? If that doesn't bring in enough needed revenue, you can change it to another plan. I don't mind at all sending some money to help support this wonderful place!
 
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You can count on my support as well @Ian
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Well, I'll be the first to support ads, and I elaborate, but first lots of appreciation and respect for Ian for running
such a great forum , and since you've done so good its time to capitalise on our thousand/s strong community
and at least try to make it better for all of us , specially for Ian. So yes, i would like to see gardening tools, kubota
tractors webb's offers ads and yes I dont mind selling my lilies on this site. We are big spenders , putting all that
money into our hobbies, why not be better informed shoppers and support our forum on the way?
Any volunteers to start the marketing campaign?
 
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Well, I'll be the first to support ads, and I elaborate, but first lots of appreciation and respect for Ian for running
such a great forum , and since you've done so good its time to capitalise on our thousand/s strong community
and at least try to make it better for all of us , specially for Ian. So yes, i would like to see gardening tools, kubota
tractors webb's offers ads and yes I dont mind selling my lilies on this site. We are big spenders , putting all that
money into our hobbies, why not be better informed shoppers and support our forum on the way?
Any volunteers to start the marketing campaign?
Honestly I do have to agree that I enjoy adds on these kinds of things, and would definitely support your idea :)

I honestly probably spend 90% of my income on pond related things, that being said, I still probably spend less than the average ponder...
 

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Thank you all for your comments on this thread last year. I've just performed another upgrade to the forum software (you may have noticed some oddities an hour ago, as I struggled with some of the code that had to be re-written!), and I've added a donation option so that we can keep the site ad-free for members. I've set the target at $150 for now, as that's half of the server costs - that may be wildly optimistic or an understatement, but it seemed like a sensible initial target to try for funding the site. If we exceed fundraising for the year, it'll mean we can add new features and grow the site.

The link is on the top menu and there's a progress bar on the main page, or you can access it here: https://www.gardenpondforum.com/donate/

There's no obligation to donate and you can even donate anonymously if you wish. Anyone donating get's a donor badge under their username for the month as a thank you :).
 

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lol I must be a bit slow......................I thought it was a 150 per member, just 150 for the month with a bit of a donation from all. That should be easy to reach.
 

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Don't feel bad addy1, I just tried to donate and entered the amount, hit donate and it said, "You can't donate nothing." Hum...
It took me right to paypal which I have on my lappy. click click, funds donated..............
 
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Oh you guys are amazing, we're already half way to this month's target already! It's such a relief to know, as this makes such a difference to funding hosting and software licenses.
 
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Hey Ian. Thanks for the awesome community you've built here. I see that the post editor has gotten a nice little update recently. Looks good!

I have both run my own small (unpaid) web communities and also have a website that earns via ad revenue. My recommendation, for what it's worth: Do both.

This is great, niche community where relevant advertisers are happy to pay to show ads to people who would generally be happy to see them. Ad blockers are still small potatoes across the web—not that many people use them.

Having advertising to make a site self-sustaining and then add'l funding sources to improve the community is a nice to place to be.

No reason you can't do both without being intrusive to the community at all.

I see you just opened up a little funding campaign. I'm off to donate now.
 
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As usual i'm in the Let me THink here.
i VOTE FOR ADDS .... play the adds uk daytime hours i'll just leave my browser open and we should be good by the time we here in the USA sign on the adds should be good and shutting down
Thoughts?
 
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Thank you all so much, we've already hit this months target! That's 50% of the server costs all sorted for this month, which is handy as we're half way through the month :D. I am very, very grateful to you all for helping keep this site going.

I've already made a few improvements to the site, as it looks like it will be a sustainable way to fund things if it continues to be a success. I've renewed the forum, gallery, resource and showcase licenses and upgraded to the latest versions. This comes with quite a few improvements, so you may notice that the editor and a few other areas look slightly different.

As usual i'm in the Let me THink here.
i VOTE FOR ADDS .... play the adds uk daytime hours i'll just leave my browser open and we should be good by the time we here in the USA sign on the adds should be good and shutting down
Thoughts?
Unfortunately the ads won't earn when they're left on like that and I'm unable to time when they appear, so they'd need to be on 100% of the time. However, it looks like the voluntary donation scheme is working well so far - it's already generated half of the server costs in just a day, so I think for now I'll stick with this and let's see how it works out. There's no compulsion to donate, it's purely voluntary :).

@Ian Is paypal the only payment option for donating?
Yes, for now it is unfortunately - simply as it's quite common and works well for very little maintenance and cost - some of the other card processors are quite complex to use for a small use case. You don't actually need a paypal account to donate using the link, you can donate as guest paypal member which means it basically just takes the card details as a one-off without needing a paypal account. Is using PayPal a deterrent (this applies to anyone reading this too)?
 
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Thank you all so much, we've already hit this months target! That's 50% of the server costs all sorted for this month, which is handy as we're half way through the month :D. I am very, very grateful to you all for helping keep this site going.

I've already made a few improvements to the site, as it looks like it will be a sustainable way to fund things if it continues to be a success. I've renewed the forum, gallery, resource and showcase licenses and upgraded to the latest versions. This comes with quite a few improvements, so you may notice that the editor and a few other areas look slightly different.


Unfortunately the ads won't earn when they're left on like that and I'm unable to time when they appear, so they'd need to be on 100% of the time. However, it looks like the voluntary donation scheme is working well so far - it's already generated half of the server costs in just a day, so I think for now I'll stick with this and let's see how it works out. There's no compulsion to donate, it's purely voluntary :).


Yes, for now it is unfortunately - simply as it's quite common and works well for very little maintenance and cost - some of the other card processors are quite complex to use for a small use case. You don't actually need a paypal account to donate using the link, you can donate as guest paypal member which means it basically just takes the card details as a one-off without needing a paypal account. Is using PayPal a deterrent (this applies to anyone reading this too)?
Will say that it would be more convenient to use the site directly but for such a small site PayPal is probably a lot more secure :) off to donate!
 

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