OK, I finally gave in and added a donate box to the sidebar.
I've resisted for the longest time, but I keep eyeballing add-ons that could make FPC a better place for everyone. However, the best add-ons are not free.
FPC has been funded completely from my own pocket. And while that means I don't have anyone to answer to, it also means that no one else is sharing the bills.
There are only a few options to raise funds when running a board like this:
- Charge a membership fee (never going to happen!)
- Run ads (this is something I've been considering)
- Offer premium services, like dealer galleries (been thinking about it, but need to find the right software)
- Solicit donations (let's give it a try!)
Unlike some boards and mailing lists that get pushy about donations, I'm not going to beg or attempt to send you on a guilt trip. I've watched other sites do this over the years and I think it's distasteful.
One option I'd like to try is recognition for members who make a donation: An "upgrade" to a new membership level (still free) called "FPC Supporter." At this point I can do this manually if someone makes a donation. But it's up to you. I know some people don't want public acknowledgement.
Let me know your thoughts.