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    Default Server/Donation Status [January 2007]

    As many of you already know we have been having server issues, and the end result was us asking for donations to help cover the cost of additional hardware expenses. FDC does not have any more SATA drives in stock, so we will have to wait until next week for our hardware to come in.

    We currently do an easy 100mbps all day long. This is over 32,000gb’s of bandwidth every month.

    Right now our server expenses run close to $999/m. The ads that we have on our site only pay for about ~$500 on a good month. We have tried almost every sponsor out there, and we are left with little options. Most of the time I am the one paying the remaining server bills, which are normally between $500 and $600.

    No longer can I afford to do this. I know many of you don’t want to see us turn into a site that offers a premium service, and I have one last option, and that’s to try one last time to get donations to start coming in. We tried this before and never made much from donations.

    What I am going to do is this. I am going to start posting exactly what we need each month, and if I have to pay out of my own pocket more than $50 for the server for two months in a row, I am going to start offering a premium service for this site to help cover the server costs, and the costs of upgrades. I have worked on this site for over a year now, releasing updates every two days, I should not have to spend so much money to keep it going.

    I am going to post what we need for this month below.

    January 2007
    Total Server Expenses: $999
    Total Ads Revenue: $500
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    Need to Collect: $499

    Total Donations This Month: $691

    FUNDS NEEDED: $0 MORE FOR January

    I will update the total amount of funds we need as they come in. If you don’t want to see us launch a premium service, make sure to encourage others to donate.

    HOW DO YOU DONATE? CLICK ON THE PAYPAL BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE!
    Last edited by Kevin Shiel; 01-26-2007 at 05:56 PM.

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    FYI its 2007 :P

    if i have funds i will gladly donate for this month. i dont have alot to give, but if it nears the end of the month and the goal isnt met, i will donate again. Also can i get the img code or whatever you used for that paypal clickable image? I would like to be able to put it in my sig on other forums, with a link to the site etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdcrap View Post
    FYI its 2007 :P

    if i have funds i will gladly donate for this month. i dont have alot to give, but if it nears the end of the month and the goal isnt met, i will donate again. Also can i get the img code or whatever you used for that paypal clickable image? I would like to be able to put it in my sig on other forums, with a link to the site etc...
    Just fixed my post now. Any amount helps honestly. You can get the code by clicking View -> Source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Shiel View Post
    Just fixed my post now. Any amount helps honestly. You can get the code by clicking View -> Source.
    thats what i thought too...it didnt look like real html though so didnt copy it. Also having a meeger $15 for a week to do stuff on is hard on being able to donate =\

    EDIT for clarification: so put all of this in my sig

    "<!-DONATION BOX-->
    <form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick">
    <input type="hidden" name="business" value="cpfeifer.2007@gmail.com">
    <input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="Server Donation">
    <input type="hidden" name="no_shipping" value="2">
    <input type="hidden" name="no_note" value="1">

    <input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="USD">
    <input type="hidden" name="tax" value="0">
    <input type="hidden" name="lc" value="US">
    <input type="hidden" name="bn" value="PP-DonationsBF">
    <input type="image" src="http://stoptazmo.com/images/paypal.jpg" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - its fast, free and secure!">
    <img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1">
    </form>
    <!/-DONATION BOX-->"
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    i would gladly donate, but i am unable to use paypal, so is there another way for me to donate to this site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdcrap View Post
    thats what i thought too...it didnt look like real html though so didnt copy it. Also having a meeger $15 for a week to do stuff on is hard on being able to donate =\

    EDIT for clarification: so put all of this in my sig

    "<!-DONATION BOX-->
    <form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick">
    <input type="hidden" name="business" value="cpfeifer.2007@gmail.com">
    <input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="Server Donation">
    <input type="hidden" name="no_shipping" value="2">
    <input type="hidden" name="no_note" value="1">

    <input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="USD">
    <input type="hidden" name="tax" value="0">
    <input type="hidden" name="lc" value="US">
    <input type="hidden" name="bn" value="PP-DonationsBF">
    <input type="image" src="http://stoptazmo.com/images/paypal.jpg" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - its fast, free and secure!">
    <img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1">
    </form>
    <!/-DONATION BOX-->"
    If the forum supports HTML, it should work fine. Otherwise you are going to have to use another link.

    Quote Originally Posted by *carol**wishes* View Post
    i would gladly donate, but i am unable to use paypal, so is there another way for me to donate to this site?
    No, we only accept paypal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Shiel View Post
    No, we only accept paypal.
    Which is why most of the sites don't get donation as most of their users are underage.If you could find a way to work this out then I'm sure you would get the donations you need.

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    Sorry for being a complete dunce on how ads work, but are you not making enough on ads because not many people are clicking on them?..or do they just pay you so little? I have to make sure I can pay the bills before I can donate anything. Just in case I can't donate at the end of the month, I'll be more than happy to go on an ad clicking frenzy if that helps any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqrdreams View Post
    Sorry for being a complete dunce on how ads work, but are you not making enough on ads because not many people are clicking on them?..or do they just pay you so little? I have to make sure I can pay the bills before I can donate anything. Just in case I can't donate at the end of the month, I'll be more than happy to go on an ad clicking frenzy if that helps any.
    They pay too little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Shiel View Post
    They pay too little.
    That's too bad. I'll muster up something to donate then. Hope you're not too disappointed if it's only a dollar or two. The Christmas season put a financial bullet between my eyes.

 

 
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