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Hi Folks,

I have looked into a couple things I would like to add on to the site in the near future. I am not one to demand or beg for donations, nor make anybody uncomfortable by asking for them all the time. If you would like to help defer the cost of the site you can click the Donate link in the navigational bar at the top of the forum. I describe in more detail what I am looking to do after you click the link. Any amount is graciously accepted.

Edit: the Donate tab was taken out because it was out of date but the PayPal link is: https://www.PayPal.me/endlessflight.

As of Sept 29, 2018, we have a Patreon page where you can donate monthly. It is located by clicking this link: RPG Pub Patreon.

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Does it work similar to Patreon? I wouldn't mind contributing a bit a month.
 

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I think it can accept recurring payments. I have a Paypal.me page set up for donations.

There is a cost breakdown on the Donate page but I'll put it here for people to see as well.

Basic site cost: $250.00/year.
Goal 1 (complete!): $40/year for SSL Certificate to increase security for the site. Google Chrome is giving warnings now to non-HTTPS sites and I don't want to scare away any potential members despite never having any problems with this on any sites I have run.

*We no longer need to pay for SSL.

Goal 2 (complete!): $60 for an add-on to the forum called a Resource Manager. This will allow members to upload files that they would like to share. Here is a blurb from the Xenforo site itself:

1. What is the Resource Manager?
The Resouce Manager is a XenForo add-on that allows you to manage resources such as files and tutorials or other article-like content along side your normal forum. The aim is allow content such as files to be listed with a focus on the initial content rather than discussion surrounding it. Users can watch resources and be updated whenever a new version is released.

Resources can be sold (as a link to external purchase handling), downloaded directly from the resource manager, downloaded from an external URL, or provided without a file. The administrator can control the type of resources allowed and who can post them on a per category basis. Discussion threads can automatically be created for each resource, allowing the target forum and a thread prefix to be specified per resource category.

I think it would be a cool addition to the PUB, especially as we get more contributors here.

I just want to be as open and honest about the cost of running the site and how I think we can improve it for the future.
 
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I couldn't figure out a way to set up monthly payments, so I'll just have to put it on my calendar. Kicking in $6 a month, so $72 towards the yearly fees.

(BTW, would appreciate absolute discretion in regards to the name on that account)
 

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I think I would have to set it up on my end and I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I really appreciate your donation. Absolute discretion will be used in every transaction. I set it up so that it could really be done in confidentiality.
 

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Once we gain a good number of members, you should be able to monetize the membership list. I imagine RPG companies and Kickstarters would pay for email blasts as we are prime customers.
 

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Have you considered selling advertising? I might be in the market for some advertising soon.
 

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No, not really. I kind of have a negative reaction with ads on websites. Many times ads can be quite intrusive. I was hoping to just get by with my own finances and member donations.
 

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I think once the site gets more populated, we could effectively have a membership drive of some sort.
 

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Thank you both for your donations! I think the Resource Manager is probably what's happening next as I added SSL about two weeks ago.
 

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I will make a donation today. I'm also up for being a patron if you can get that working. One question... Is their a module available for this forum that provides the ability to do reviews similar to the way the big purple does it? I like the reviews that have already been done here but I like the way purple handles it better. If so how much does it cost? Is it worthwhile?
 

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Patreon would be a lot easier than remembering to chip in every month. I support a few creators on there.
 

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I'm not sure there is any review system out there for Xenforo that is legit. I will have to investigate.

As far as being a patron, I could set up a Patreon page if that's something that would interest members here.

If you do, I would recommend setting it so that Patreon takes the pledge money right away instead of waiting until the following month. I've heard of quite a few people subscribing to Patreons, and then unsubscribing a day or two before the end of the month so they don't get charged.
 

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I'd definitely throw a few bucks a month your way for site maintenance and such.
 

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So I just made a donation via PayPal. Interestingly enough all the PayPal prompts were in Russian. Maybe its something on my side...
 

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that's weird, you may want to check on that from your end. I just did it myself and it simply links me through to my Paypal.

But I totally would have forgot if it wasn't for this post, we really need that Patreon so it comes out automatically.
 

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I think I’ve decided that the next thing that will happen after I get the Patreon set up and running is that we will upgrade to XenForo 2.0, which has some additional benefits to the great version we are running now.
 

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I just had my first patreon renewal come up. Worth every fucking penny.

I briefly scan the other sites for topics that are very focused on what I like, but this one we have things like the gun porn thread where I am learning A LOT more than lots of places. We got the real life thread that has been an amazing catharsis with a bunch of people who are going through similar bullshit and joyful moments.

I don’t come close to reading everything on here but it’s still badass
 

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I want to express a huge appreciation for the donations the Pub received that allowed the upgrade today. We are at the cutting edge for forum software and it’s a great feeling to provide everyone with a better experience as we go into the future. I will always continue to look into new ways to improve the site for you guys. I am continually amazed by your generosity.
 

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I want to express a huge appreciation for the donations the Pub received that allowed the upgrade today. We are at the cutting edge for forum software and it’s a great feeling to provide everyone with a better experience as we go into the future. I will always continue to look into new ways to improve the site for you guys. I am continually amazed by your generosity.
Y'all are very much worth it!
 

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What happened to the PayPal link? I refuse to use Patreon as it's the support platform for far too many people i find repugnant.
 

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This site kicks a lot of ass. very games focused, very little drama, folks are supportive with people's personal lives. what a nice place. my donation isn't going anywhere.

Your appreciation means everything. Seriously. I haven’t felt too good the last two days and you just made my day a little brighter. Thanks.
 
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