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Old 13th September 2015, 08:27 PM
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Exclamation Ozformers Donations & Member Donor Status

This site costs between $2000-$3000 per year to maintain, and it keeps getting more expensive each year.
Since the costs have been covered by one person so far, it has been necessary to allow members to donate money to keep this site running as those costs grow. It is a structured donation scheme that is voluntary, transparent, and if it works, it will offer rewards to those who donate.

(Read everything carefully before committing to anything.)

First, we need to see what proportion of our members are willing to do basic Donations towards the running of this site, before looking at expanding it into a rewards/incentive scheme (which will make it more complex and more complicated, but fairer for those wanting to contribute here financially). It will also help us learn how to administrate it while it is still a simpler scheme, and then have a better idea later how to expand it.

Now we have the Donor status concept (people can donate in lots of $10 to earn a 12-month Donor status, that rewards them for their generosity).

A voluntary payment system for this site needs to have...
- a voluntary amount or multiple dollar options so that there isn't one fixed amount that is too high or too low.
- a reward or incentive scheme for those greater dollar/payment options.
- if there is a set time-frame for the dollar amounts (monthly, yearly), it has to allow for upgrading that is easy to do and not confusing.
- an easy way of keeping track of the amounts paid and how long they last for (month or year).

So, it will be a little like an annual Club subscription, with your donation earning you 12 months of "Donor Status", with the level based on how much you donate.

- Each Donor level is worth $10. (at this early stage there is no need to donate more than that amount if you were wanting to donate, as I want to see how a basic donation scheme works here).
- Only Members who are Basic, Dedicated, Deluxe and Staff Members can donate, to earn the Donor Status.
- A listing of paid people (only) will be posted on the board in the Meets section, with their current Donor Level noted for transparency, and for prize drawings. It is in the Meets Section here, to keep the general public from seeing it, and will be updated periodically as payments come in and as Donor periods expire. I will have a physical copy to make sure that the info isn't lost if the board goes down.
- Payment can be done by Direct Deposit or Paypal, but will need your username noted so that I know who has paid what, and posted in the member listing topic to help with transparency and keep track of payments. If there is no notation of username on the payment I will do my best to work out who it is from, but will not advertise it so that it isn't claimed by someone else.
- Each month will have a prize drawing of all the current Donors, with multiple entries for each Donor Level earned. Drawings will be random and noted how it was done at the time of drawing.
- Other promotional items will be made available to those who are current Donors, as they are known (from Hasbro and other promoters). If items are donated, they will be prizes in the monthly drawings.
- If in future I get paid corporate sponsorship, or relocate to a cheaper server, or generate enough money from the Donations concept, I will look at ways of giving more back to paid Donors, like access to image attachments or larger mailboxes.
- No refunds, even if a person is banned, so don't Donate too much (especially in the first trial year). You will be able to upgrade your Donor status later if you need to (calculated from the remaining time left in your original Donation year).

So basically, people can pay as much or as little as they want (in multiples of $10) to give you a Donor Status for 12 months, and each multiple of $10 gets you a prize drawing entry for each of those months, as well as priority access to any promotional items that can be sourced.

As it may be noticed by junior members, this concept has undergone a six month trial so far with just the Deluxe Members, so after its first year, if there aren't any major problems, this will be an ongoing concept.

If you have any questions, post them here, or send me a PM.

Last edited by griffin; 24th May 2016 at 06:24 PM.
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Old 13th September 2015, 08:46 PM
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I'm happy just to buy a Cube to keep the site running competiton entries are a bonus happy to help
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Old 13th September 2015, 09:10 PM
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Sounds easy enough Bossbot, I am fine just buying some to keep the site going
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Old 13th September 2015, 09:27 PM
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Good concept.
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Old 13th September 2015, 09:53 PM
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This sounds like a good idea. $10 is not too much to contribute a year, which was something I was concerned about as I am on a limited budget for collecting but still keen to support Ozformers, and wouldn't want to be in a situation where I was paying for Ozformers over actually buying TFs!

The firepower concept sounds like it could be workable as a reputation system if you felt at some point you wanted to introduce that. Obviously we have the ranking system but on other forums I frequent where only positive rep is allowed it's generally given out for the most intelligent or humorous comments (or both).
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Old 13th September 2015, 10:04 PM
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10 dollars to support the site sounds great! The prospect of promotional items is very enticing and exclusive to Ozformer merch/toys would be awesome as well

Thinking ahead here but, lets say that hasbro or whatever are super keen and decide to make an exclusive ozformers deco of a figure; What would the colour be?
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