As everyone knows, we do not sell personal data, we do not sell or run ads, and are supported and ran by the community. In the very beginning we tried to sell ‘premium vendor’ slots to support the forum. This went haywire quick and was nixed. Since then I have been struggling to find a way to accept money for the forum for expanding our services and usefulness, including looking into starting a non profit.
Currently this all runs through me personally. The goal is to move onto something more financially appropriate, hopefully with a group of members acting as a board.
The donations will be treated transparently, including hosting and dev costs.
If you would like to give back and support the forum I propose the following goals which will fund us 2-4 more glorious years. It will be spent something like this:
$2,500 Status Quo
$5,000 Database and server upgrade (Needed)
$10,000 Live Streaming server, git, Invest in WikiJane.com articles and design for the ultimate hash wiki.
$20,000 = We get our very own server in a colocation center with physical security. I will put up “secure” services for users such as @future4200.com email, chat(xmpp), file share, ipfs, alt-networks, etc. Paid dev time for forum development (plugins, themes, etc)
$40,000 = “Disaster proof” our setup. If the west coast falls off, a server will still exists on the east.
$70,000 = At this point we would start a hosting company and sell excess resources to other people to support ourselves. When this happens we can be self sustainable.
Individual contribution: Forum flair / sticker when I see you!
$200: Will be sent a future4200 patch
$5000: high quality swag kit
$10000: beta access to secure services, tailored solutions for your use case.
$20000: What’s your agenda here?
$50000: Will be the forum sugar daddy.
Venmo: zhiland1 (I have had hiccups with paypal/venmo and prefer cashapp/zelle)
Other/wire/check: DM me