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THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« on: August 31, 2006, 11:54:19 PM »
IT'S THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER!



1. It's Time for Our Yearly Fundraiser! Woot!!
Once a year we hold a fundraising month where we ask everyone who likes DonationCoder.com to reach into their pockets and see how much they are willing to spare to support our site.  Whether you are a first time donator, or an early supporter who's ready to make another donation, your contribution means a lot to us.

Yes, it means a lot. In almost 2 years, your donations have enabled us to go from a $30/month slow hosting provider to a $260/month fast dedicated server.  It's only because of donations from people like you that we have been able to spend so much time working on the site and improving it every week.  Take a look at some of our past newsletters and you'll see that we have never stopped trying to enrich and improve this website and the software on it - and your donations have made that possible.

Your continued financial assistance is what makes this website possible.  In the year since our last fundraiser we've welcomed more coders, added tons of new features, like the Blog, the new newsletter system, the podcast radio show, and much more.  We've also released tons of new programs and added new sections to the website, like the programming school and mini reviews.  And your donations have recently allowed us to acquire a second web server which will be used to host additional coders and writers, and safely experiment with new services while maintaining the stability and security of our main server.  Your donations power our efforts.

DonationCoder.com was founded on the belief that it was possible to create an ethical and also financially viable donation-based website, despite all of the obstacles and advice to the contrary. Very few people thought it was possible to fund a site like ours on voluntary donations, but you proved them wrong in a dramatic fashion - DonationCoder.com may be the single most successful example of a software site funded entirely by small individual contributions (read more about the ideas behind the site).


2. A Special for September Donators:  Last Chance for a Lifetime Deluxe Membership!
Some very significant changes are coming after September's fundraiser, and this is your last chance to take advantage of our lifetime universal license offer:

  • Throughout September, a one-time donation of any amount will grant you a non-expiring license for all current and future software developed on our site. Everyone who has donated at any time prior to October 1st, 2006 will automatically be upgraded to this Deluxe status on October 1st.
  • After October 1st, this will change. In an effort to encourage donations directly to individual authors, after October 1st you will have to designate some donation credits (an amount of your choosing) explicitly to each author whose software you want, or else make a substantial sized donation to an author and site fund (perhaps $60) to get Deluxe status.
  • Even with this new change, keep in mind that it will be possible to keep using the programs freely forever, or else donate as little as 1 cent per author whose software you want to license.  However we believe taking advantage of the September offer will clearly offer you some advantages in convenience, status and more.


3. A Bonus for New Donators and Existing Members Alike
Every donation made in September will be credited back 100% in the form of DonationCredits (instead of the normal 50%).  This means that you will get back your entire donation in the form of credits which you can give out to individual authors on the site (or to the site fund) exactly as you see fit.  While we humbly request that you choose to allocate some of your credits to the site fund, it is entirely up to you (if you donated in August and missed this deal, send me a forum message and i will give you the full 100% credits for your recent donation as well).


4. How much should I contribute?
We know it's not easy to figure out how much you should contribute to a site like ours.  Think about what you spend on software over the course of a year, and then ask yourself if it might be worth a contribution of maybe $50, not for what we've already created, but for the new software that your contribution will help us create in the upcoming year.  Software that you will benefit from.  If you're still unsure, check out our Scientifically Proven Optimal Donation Amount Chart for some additional guidance. We accept donations in any form (PayPal, credit cards, shareware services, money orders, checks, rare gems, hand-drawn art, etc.).






5. So now we ask for your financial support once again
Your contribution will allow us to spend more time coding and creating stuff that you love (and that we love making). Every day we study new ideas, make plans for new software, experiment with new features, and try to make more new coders feel like home.  We're inviting you to look at what your past donations have been able to create.  If you like what you see already, just picture what more we can accomplish with your continued donations! We look forward to having you as a supporting member of our community, helping us create something special different together.

Your continued financial support is also critical to helping us welcome new programmers on the site - throughout September 100% of your donation will be credited back to you in the form of DonationCredits, which we encourage you to give out to the coders on the site. And if you can't afford to make a financial donation - there are tons of other ways you can help us: Tell your friends about our site and software; leave comments on download sites about your favorite programs of ours, submit bug reports, write a review, help out other members on the forum, etc.


« Last Edit: September 02, 2006, 07:04:07 PM by mouser »

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006, 01:24:26 AM »
I want to personally thank everyone who has helped make this last year at DonationCoder.com a huge success.  In addition to the financial support, we simply could not run this site without the substantial help we receive every day from the members of this site, in nearly every area.

On behalf of everyone who makes DonationCoder.com what it is, I want to express our thanks for those of you who have made a financial contribution to our success.  When you read about how some site has gotten 100 million dollars of venture capital funding or something similarly insane, you might be tempted to think that your donation can't have a meaningful effect.  But you'd be wrong.  The only funding we get is from people like you, and every dollar we receive is important to us.

Thank you for helping us bring this site to life and traveling with us while we see how good we can make it.  :Thmbsup:

-mouser (Jesse Reichler)

« Last Edit: September 01, 2006, 01:29:27 AM by mouser »

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2006, 01:55:57 AM »
ps. Please take a moment to visit the yearbook page honoring those who have contributed to DonationCoder.com.

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2006, 04:12:33 AM »
(if you donated in August and missed this deal, send me a forum message and i will give you the full 100% credits for your recent donation as well).

I did - third time in ~550 days online - and don't think I saw even 50% credits, but I could be wrong there.

Mouser, did you really mean "send a forum message," which I take to be here, rather than a private message?


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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2006, 04:27:21 AM »
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Every donation made in September will be credited back 100% in the form of DonationCredits (instead of the normal 50%).

Why do you call it fundraising if you give the entire money back to the user?  :tellme:

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2006, 04:47:37 AM »
This should be fun, and I'll try to catch up to the August reviewers I promised after running into some unexpected legal costs last month.

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2006, 09:30:12 AM »
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I did - third time in ~550 days online - and don't think I saw even 50% credits, but I could be wrong there.
Mouser, did you really mean "send a forum message," which I take to be here, rather than a private message?

1. I've updated the link saying "send me a forum message" - so you can just click it; i meant send me a message using the forum personal message system.

2. As for you not getting your past donationcredits - every time you donate you get mailed a url link and a license.  click the url link to activate your donationcredits and deposit them into your forum account.  You can go to your profile at any time to check on all DonationCredit transactions to make sure your donation has an associated deposit transaction.  Feel free to message me through the forum if you need more help :)

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Why do you call it fundraising if you give the entire money back to the user?

Well, it's up to the donator after they get their money back in the form of credits to decide how much of their credits they want to go to fund the site, how much they want to give to individual authors, and how much they want to keep in their account for later.  We expect that most people donating will give some of their donation to the site fund.  But even if they don't, any money put into their DonationCredits account will eventually be used by them to fund someone on the site, whether it's a programmer, review writer, etc., and that is what we want :)

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2006, 10:14:35 AM »
Just sent in a donation.

Honestly, you put in WAY more work than you're getting back. Hats off to you! You deserve every cent and more!

Cheers,

Ryan
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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2006, 10:52:46 AM »
By the way I forgot to mention, we always try to make our Fundraising Month also a month of celebration, and this time it will be no different.  We will have a giant collection of software to give away and give discounts on in september:

UPDATED:
The giant collection of software being given away in september (and associated discounts for those that don't win) has now been posted.  Just try not to drool all over your keyboard!

« Last Edit: September 02, 2006, 07:34:05 PM by mouser »

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2006, 08:22:42 PM »
I can't believe DonationCoder.com has grown so big so quickly.  When I first got involved I just thought it would be a relatively small niche site for years.  Hopefully this fund raising effort will keep it on the net for a long time.

Thanks to mouser for all his work etc setting it up and to all who contribute.  I know I don't post that much but I hang out here every day.

Jeff

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006, 11:20:08 AM »
I've gotten a couple of emails from charter members of the site who donated in the early days and were unsure about whether they had to donate again or else miss out on some benefits.  The answer is absolutely no.  If you have already donated in the past, regardless of when or amount, you are already entitled to all of the benefits of the site forever.

Of course we are asking our long term members to consider making another donation if they continue to appreciate what we do here, but when we say you only need make a one-time donation, we mean it.

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2006, 01:42:38 PM »
Donation sent!

I am always happy to help a community that cares for its people.  8)

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2006, 04:44:45 PM »
wow!
that some list of proggies for the giveaway!

first time I am entering...finally something there I am interested in.

impressive!

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Re: THE 2006 DONATIONCODER.COM FUNDRAISER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2006, 12:14:21 PM »
Just a little reminder:
If you donate you should receive an email right away with a link to click to "activate" your DonationCredits and credit them into your forum account.  This email will be sent to the email address registered in your paypal (or other service) account.  Check your spam folder if you can't find it, and then email me (mouser@donationcoder.com) if you still can't find it or need help figuring out what to do.  I'm always happy to help.

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make sure you check out the newsletter for this month for more info: http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=5058.0
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