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Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby GeoffSchultz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:02 am

As of December, this forum will have been active for 1 year. Since then we've had over 271 people join the forum and generate 1775 posts in 432 topics. I'd call that quite a success! I hope that people like this format and that it's serving their needs.

This forum is hosted utilizing my account with my hosting company, and I have no problem continuing to do that, as I have bandwidth to spare. However, it does cost money to register the FreedomYachts.org domain name. Last year I paid for this, but this year I thought that I'd ask for donations to offset the cost. Here's a breakdown of the renewal rates:

1 yr $19
2 yr $36
3 yr $51
4 yr $56
5 yr $65

If you'd like to contribute, please go to [deleted]. I'll use whatever I get to purchase the longest registration time possible. You can pay using a credit card or a PayPal account. If the regular users of this forum were to kick in a couple of bucks, we'd be all set.

Thanks in advance for your donations!

-- Geoff
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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby N1YDY » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:45 pm

Geoff, check your email, and thanks for doing the work to make this site a reality.
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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby Michel » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:33 pm

Geoff, thanks for everything you did and do to set up and maintain our virtual yachtclub. Now if you were to sell booze......
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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby Ereiss » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:43 pm

Thank you Geoff, money has been sent. First and last thing I do is check FreedomYachts.org. It has been invaluable.

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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby GeoffSchultz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:08 am

First off, I want to thank everyone who has contributed. The members of the forum really appreciate it!

At this point we've raised about $95, however this was primarily due to a very generous $50 donation from one person. What I'd like to do is to have no one donate more than $10, which translates to $2/year for access to this forum. I plan to refund the difference to those who donated more than $10. Right now I need another $20 to reach that goal. So folks, lets dig deep into your pockets and come up with a few more $5 or $10 donations!

-- Geoff (who feels like he's working at an NPR fund raiser)
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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby rubbus » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:06 am

Money sent. Honestly, if people wanted to send more than $10 I'd let them. They probably want to apply ot to future years and keep this great forum going! I know when I donate I really don't want a refund.

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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby GeoffSchultz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:50 am

Stop the payments! We've reached the goal and more. Those of you who donated more than $10 are going to get a refund as I don't need additional money.

So thanks again to everyone who contributed both funds and/or posts to this forum.

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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby GeoffSchultz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:30 pm

rubbus wrote:Money sent. Honestly, if people wanted to send more than $10 I'd let them. They probably want to apply ot to future years and keep this great forum going! I know when I donate I really don't want a refund.


I'd much prefer to ask for payments as needed. In this case we've paid for 5 years of domain name registration. If in the future I need to split the forum away from my hosting plan due to storage or bandwidth needs, then I'll be back. In the mean time, the web hosting plan that I have for my web site (http://www.GeoffSchultz.org), http://www.JungleMedicMissions.org and this forum is sufficient to handle them all. Other than daily moderation tasks, this forum takes care of itself.

-- Geoff

P.S. I've issued refunds to some of you. Some of the payments are marked as "pending" and I can't issue a partial refund until they're not pending.
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Re: Helping to Pay for www.FreedomYachts.org

Postby GeoffSchultz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:35 pm

Michel wrote:Geoff, thanks for everything you did and do to set up and maintain our virtual yachtclub. Now if you were to sell booze......


Are you implying that sailors drink!??! :lol:
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