I can honestly say I don’t have a lot of discretionary funds right now, but it seems like $5 a month is well worth a 25% bigger dick! My scheduled quarterly donation has been made! Thanks to Thunder and all the contributers!
It’s a fact that the economy has tanked and in that kind of situation an unfortunate side effect is that places that survive on donation do not do well. Thunder’s Place has not been doing well. We’ve always survived on a minority of people making a donation to the site to keep it going but in the last few months the amount and size of donations has been dwindling.
The greatest resource here is the posts of members throughout the years. It is our avowed duty to do everything we can to make sure that this resource is still available in some form for future PEers. As such, we are currently in advanced talks with another major penis enlargement site for the purchase of Thunder’s Place on the understanding that past posts are kept intact and subscription free.
As things develop we will keep you updated. Nothing is certain, at this stage, but you can rest assured that everything is being done to ensure that Thunder’s Place stays online in some form or another.
With a little more straight forward approach, I think donations would be enough to keep the site going. I guess you have outcomes for rack space, dedicated server, bandwidth etc. right?
I run another well-known site on Internet on a completely different topic which consumes 1.0 - 1.4 TB bandwidth per month and uses up a dedicated server of 2U rack space. I live on donations only so it works! But I get about $5.000 in donations per year and that is probably not the case for you. I guess bandwidth cannot be the problem as a forum with some videos cannot consume that much of bandwidth.
What I did was a bar which was red unless I had donations enough. In that bar (grew when money came in), it is stated exactly how money I need and how much money I got so far. Then I maintain a table over all members who made donations which encourages some (while some do not wish to appear there at all). This approach boosted my donations income and turned 5 times higher than before. That is not too much of a work is it?
One can come up with a lot of ideas to raise funds by motivating the forum members.
By giving everyone’s efforts (or laziness) a price tag (or penalty, respectively), the value of PE could rise in everyone’s perception.
At the same time, the forum could stay ‘free’ (as in ‘independent’) without any force to become a paying member. I’m aware this wouldn’t really make everyone pay accurately and honestly, but the amount raised could suffice to support the forum.
People are documenting and broadcasting their progress, so the culture of giving feedback is there. Now if there was a direct connection between progress reports and donations.. ;)