There has been a thread going on for a few days in ATMB regarding voluntary contributions to fund capital improvements to the Board, and/or operations and maintenance of the Board.
While TubaDiva is checking with the Chicago Reader management as to whether they could be open to accepting financial contributions from the all of us for the express purpose of buying a new server for the message board, I thought we could be proactive to present a business case for accepting donations.
Since it takes some effort and woman-time to set up any system for receiving, tracking, and applying contributions, I’m sure they would like to see that they would get a serious number and/or amount of contributions before investing the effort.
Therefore, let’s hold a sample “PBS Pledge Drive” (where PBS = “Powerful Board Soon”). The rules are you make an honest, non-binding effort to state what amount you would pledge as a one-time contribution to the SDMB, provided:
You had assurance that the money would be used for capital expenditure for a new server, with any extra being applied towards the operations and maintenance of the board exclusively.
Some sort of convenient payment terms were available.
Please, for convenience sake, let’s only tally pledges of $5 minimum. Not that every dollar isn’t appreciated, but for this effort it will make things easier to track, if this effort gets the overwhelming support I just know in my heart it will.
Each person who wants to pledge, state your pledge, and the running total at the time of your post.
Well, after posting that, and kicking it off with my pledge, I was joined by Silo, Falcon, beatle, Biggirl, Lux Fiat, and Minxsmom. After Minxsmom’s pledge, we were at a running total of $432. Also, Saint Zero asked about donating hardware, but no response on that yet. And android209 responded with a 50 cent donation pledge.
So, if you want to make a pledge as per the rules above, please make it, and update the running total at the end of your post. For example, if I was to say, add $18 more to my original pledge of $102 (which I now officially am doing), then I would say so, and post:
Running Total: $450
Also note in the thread above - beatle has put the following challenge to y’all:
So come on, folks! Let’s suck his…wallet dry, if we can!
Running Total: $450