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Offline The Chief

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WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Topic Start: November 30, 2011, 02:13:32 PM »
A couple of months ago, I upgraded the WNFF server in order to mitigate intermittent performance issues related to many years of site growth and to give the site plenty of room to grow over what will (hopefully) be a very busy next couple of years.  While the cost of running this site has never been prohibitive for me, it has grown to the point where it's significant enough to be considered a "bill" - more than a couple of my personal bills, in fact - so I have decided to finally start accepting donations.

Below is a donation widget that I've set up using a system known as "ChipIn", a safe and reliable method that allows you to pay by credit card with confidence. You are free to donate as little or as much as you'd like.  This is and always will remain a free site, and contributing is completely voluntary. All donations will be used to pay for hosting costs, domain renewal, server software, and other fees that apply directly to running the site.  I will only be accepting enough to fund the site for one year at this time.

I greatly appreciate donations of any amount. Please remember that ChipIn does take out a portion of every donation to cover “transaction costs.”  I have not factored these into the donation cap and will cover them myself, along with any cap that goes unfilled.  I cannot refund donations!  You are not required to donate, so only give what you are willing and able to provide.

Below is a brief explanation of costs:

-Hosting: $69.99/mo - (http://order.1and1.com/VirtualServerXXL)**
-Domain renewal: $5.99/yr

Total: $845.87/yr

I don't like funny numbers so I rounded it up to $850.  I guess you can just chalk the extra $4.13 up to all the hours I put into maintenance and upgrades :lol:

**If you happen to check the above link, please note that I did not receive the "3 months free" offer as it required a one-year commitment and I didn't want to do that since at the time I couldn't be sure that the specified plan would meet the site's needs.  It also allows for more flexibility should changes be required along the way.



Donation goal met, thanks so much to everyone!

Offline MarquisDeSade

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #1: November 30, 2011, 02:19:40 PM »
I have some Nasty Nats related stuff I'd be willing to raffle/auction off for donations.  :P

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #2: November 30, 2011, 02:19:56 PM »
It's not showing up via my Opera browser.

Offline The Chief

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #3: November 30, 2011, 02:21:11 PM »
It's not showing up via my Opera browser.

On Android?

edit - tried it on Dolphin and Opera on my Android and it shows up after you click the on-demand plugin button.  If you have plugins disabled then it wouldn't show up.

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« Reply #4: November 30, 2011, 02:22:55 PM »

Offline mitlen

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #5: November 30, 2011, 02:32:12 PM »
I'm in.

PS   ...  thanks Chief for your efforts.   I probably should have given more but I'm a cheap old SOB.   :)

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #6: November 30, 2011, 02:52:12 PM »
you've got my money, you greedy bastard ;)

Offline sportsfan882

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #7: November 30, 2011, 03:09:22 PM »
done. Thank you Chief

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #8: November 30, 2011, 03:31:44 PM »
Thanks Chief.

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #9: November 30, 2011, 04:01:18 PM »
Done. Happy to chip in. :mg:

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #10: November 30, 2011, 07:06:09 PM »
C'mon you slackers  !!!!

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #11: November 30, 2011, 07:15:21 PM »
Chief, if I was a 1%er, you would be the ill-shaven begging hobo I wouldn't grab by the battered trench-coat collar and throw off the side of my penthouse balcony.

I'm unfortunately in about the bottom 10% but I'll scrounge something together by March for sure. :)

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #12: November 30, 2011, 07:16:01 PM »
Chief, if I was a 1%er, you would be the ill-shaven begging hobo I wouldn't grab by the battered trench-coat collar and throw off the side of my penthouse balcony.

I'm unfortunately in about the bottom 10% but I'll scrounge something together by March for sure. :)

Sounds like Dickens to me.   :)

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #13: November 30, 2011, 07:17:25 PM »
Hmm, I wonder who donated something ending with 0.69?

:crackup:

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #14: November 30, 2011, 07:20:10 PM »


Hmm, I wonder who donated something ending with 0.69?

:crackup:

MDS or Spider

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #15: November 30, 2011, 07:20:53 PM »

MDS or Spider

I have a different idea of who it is ;)

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #16: November 30, 2011, 07:21:17 PM »
I have a different idea of who it is ;)

Sharing?

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« Reply #17: November 30, 2011, 07:25:37 PM »
I have a different idea of who it is ;)

 :rofl:   Gotcha  ...

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #18: November 30, 2011, 07:35:19 PM »
I gave what I could right now, I'll see if I can get some more money together by the deadline if the goal isn't reached.

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #19: November 30, 2011, 07:42:01 PM »
Keep those cards and letters coming.   Why do I feel like Jerry Lewis?   BTW  ... CHIEF  ... what is your tax write off (charity) code?

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #20: November 30, 2011, 08:42:14 PM »
just sent you a contribution, thanks for all that you do.

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #21: November 30, 2011, 08:52:32 PM »
Appreciate all the help fellas.  No rush on anyone who wants to donate but can't do it right now.  I gave it 4 months for a reason ;)

Also, the widget progress indicator lags behind actual payments a bit (seems to be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes), so nobody freak out if it doesn't reflect your donation right away.

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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #22: November 30, 2011, 08:55:03 PM »
Appreciate all the help fellas.  No rush on anyone who wants to donate but can't do it right now.  I gave it 4 months for a reason ;)

Ah, it'll be carnival in Rio?    :)


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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #23: November 30, 2011, 09:27:19 PM »
Also, the widget progress indicator lags behind actual payments a bit (seems to be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes), so nobody freak out if it doesn't reflect your donation right away.

I think what you meant to say was, "if the widget progress indicator doesn't reflect your donation right away, something went wrong and you'll have to give again." ;)


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Re: WNFF 2012 Fund Drive
« Reply #24: November 30, 2011, 09:51:33 PM »
if the this doesn't work out, chief can simply charge $5 a month for access to the "beautiful women" thread.