The problem is very basic....we need to devise a means to raise the money on a consistent basis
to pay for a server who can support this HUGE site.
We don't need to complicate the issue by talking about taking on advertising, or for that matter, making this a pay site.
We have a membership role of just under 1200 for crying out loud!
I think their VPS8000 plan is ideal for us, with a disk space of 8000 MB, data transfer of 50 GB, and 512 MB's of memory.
The cost is $159/month, with a $99 setup fee.
Are we saying that with a membership role of just under 1200, that we can't collectivley come up with that $159/month?
Even if 1000 members said they couldn't afford anything monetarily, whether it's due to their economic situation or schooling...if the other 200 committed to pay just $1.00/month you'd have more than enough to cover the monthly/yearly cost. THAT'S PEANUTS!
Look what guys like woy and ORG alone just offered to do. And we got people saying they'll throw in $20, $50, etc. That should show you mods the generous spirit that most have on this forum, and how much the majority love and value this forum (and the work you guys do
As far as I'm concerned...raising the money is not a problem, and you mods should not be worried or getting the "guilts" over having to ask for it. I thank you for being concerned about it...but it's not a problem. Look at the service you provide us, and all the work you do, and energy you expend
. Why shouldn't it cost us something?
Quit worrying about the money.
Go with the server that you think will best serve us, and this vast and growing membership. I like the above plan mentioned. I think it best suits our growing needs.
Do like PBS does. Set a month where you have a yearly pledge drive. Let the members know what monetary goal must be reached in order to cover the costs for the following year.
If the membership knew you needed for example $2000 for the year to cover that cost... I believe you would easily get that amount through voluntary donations WHEN THEY KNOW WHAT THE GOAL IS.
And during the month of that "drive"... make a "sticky" or possibly some sort of monitor on the forum (like people do with United Way) to show the progress.
And any "leftovers" would be kept in an account towards next year.
Some would look at that $2000 figure and say "That's alot of money!"
But it's mere pittance when you look at what we can do collectively as a team.
(insert Knute Rockne speech here