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Old 04-06-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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Just to give y'all al ittle bit of history of the Trawler Forum. *Doug and I did the whole "scribble on a napkin" thing at Chilis one afternoon. *I am not sure if I can claim it as my idea but that is what I am doing here.... *Doug took off with the idea and set the forum up since he is the more IT inclined of the two of us.*

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We started off small and the monthly fee for the hosting service was less than $15 dollar a month. *Which we did no have issue with letting go. *As traffic increases in the website, so does the cost of the hosting service. *So we had to figure a way to defray our costs. *The Google Adsense would have been perfect. *But they fired us due to "unauthorized activity"...people clicking for the sake of clicking. *Turns out we had a few non-trawler friends that thought they were doing us a favor. *We have also been agressively pursued by someone that wants to buy us and the conspiarcy theorist in Doug thinks that it might have been the guy that is interested. *In any event, Google fired us. *We do have an appeal pending.

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In the meantime, our monthly expenses continue to mount. *And the tab to date for the forum is well into the thousands....most of which has come out of Dougs pocket!!! *Which means I am on the hook for half of that amount....so help me out here!!!! *Help us out here!!!

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Hopefully this is a transient issue and we get a better way to fund the forum. *But in the meantime, we need to find a way to help with the costs. *Maybe if it is a resounnding success, we will keep it this way.

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The DONATE button is at the bottom of each page. *It will link you to PAYPAL and it will allow you to donate with any major credit card or a PAYPAL account if you have one.

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Any donation will be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!

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Thank you!!!

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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PayPal now owes you money, many thanks for everything you and Doug do to keep this site going!
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #4
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Hi Guys: I have donated and wish you all well!!! Bill
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. It is greatly appreciated!!!!
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keep going, i donated and it was a pleasure.
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I'm in and lovin it.
Thanks for the great site guys.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:47 PM   #8
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Happy to contribute. *Thanks for all the work guys.

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Baker, can you give us an idea of what a monthly goal would be? Think you could have a thread that tracks it? Because TBH (and I know I'll start a flame war here... please don't take this the wrong way) I'm ok with us covering your costs for running the site with a little bit of take home for y'all, but I am uncomfortable with you making much of profit off of it. The reason being that we have kept others away from trying to promote commercial business here, so it only seems fair (to me) that we all live by that. That's all I'm sayin'.


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Have you considered using another hosting company?

I use dreamhost.com for a busy nonprofit site I run. For organizations with nonprofit status they're free.* I also use them for my own web pages.* Performance and reliablity is good, support is great.* I probably wouldn't run a busy commercial site with them.

I have no association with the company other than having been their customer for more than a decade.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:46 PM   #11
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Glad to help.* Let us know if you need more help.
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I donated a bit over $25 a year. Seems fair. Now that I've bellied up to the bar I better get out there and burn up some space.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:51 AM   #13
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Baker, can you give us an idea of what a monthly goal would be? Think you could have a thread that tracks it? Because TBH (and I know I'll start a flame war here... please don't take this the wrong way) I'm ok with us covering your costs for running the site with a little bit of take home for y'all, but I am uncomfortable with you making much of profit off of it. The reason being that we have kept others away from trying to promote commercial business here, so it only seems fair (to me) that we all live by that. That's all I'm sayin'.



-- Edited by GonzoF1 on Wednesday 6th of April 2011 08:23:23 PM
*First off, thank all of you that have donated.

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And Gonzo, there is a way of doing what you are asking. *I don't know if I agree with your premise......but, trust me, we are not getting rich...quite the opposite in fact. *Our ultimate goal at this point is to get back what we have put in. *When we reach that goal(Thousands!!!), then we can talk about running this site on a "break even" basis based on donations. *And Gonzo, I think I understand the intent of your post....you don't think it would be fair for us to profit from donations alone and I agree. *I would not feel right making a profit from donations. *

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Bob, thanks for the reference and we will look into it.

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Thanks again folks. *Y'all's help is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!

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What happend to the ads?* I thought that was doing to off set some of the cost?
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We donated too!... *a worth while endeavor from my point of view!
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Happy to donate, any suggestions on amounts?
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I chipped in 25.00. Boatdiesel asks that for a year subscription, although they do have a lot of ads which can be perused or not, and it's well worth it. I get that out of this site but I'm sure any amount is better than the alternative.
I guess Doug and John will have to let us know as this progresses.
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That's right John. If you want to take this sight commercial and sell ad space and make a ton of money on it... That would be awesome... and I'd still come every day as I do now because of the people here. However, honestly, I think the content will suffer as it become driven by things other than just passionate boaters. But as a donation-only site? It makes me a tad uncomfortable. It's like giving to the SPCA or the Red Cross and having the organization just put the profit in their pocket. I dunno... maybe I'm off my rocker. Currently, I see this more as a community organization and not a business site, but I'm ok with that changing. I'm not trying to make a political or social(ist) statement here. It's how *I* see it. You guys are my friends, so I thought I would share it. I donated... I'll just step aside now.
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