[Theforum] another online community in trouble

isaac isaac at members.evolt.org
Tue Jun 18 21:32:49 CDT 2002

> Do we want to offer:
> * "Become a Sustaining Member"
>     Monthly or yearly fee for server space.

I think yes. I would pay for my space.

> * "Give to evolt.org"
>     Donation options.

I'd rather that we leaned on the previous option instead of this one. But it
should be an option.

> * "Buy a Text Ad"
>     Like you see on Google.
> I'm not crazy about the text ad idea for the general
> membership/visitors, in part because we've managed to stay away from

I think they're cute. Ron might advertise PHP hosting in a little text ad. I
might offer design services. Someone else might offer a CMS. Cheap and
simple. Further down the page though. Community advertising from members to
other members. You could even get a free couple of text ads for reaching a
certain number of cubes, or something.

> them. As far as corporate ads go, if we decide to include them we
> should keep them as non-intrusive as we can get away with (e.g. at
> the bottom of the page).

I disagree. We should support those who support us. See kuro5hin's sponsor
box with Voxel and Promicro.

> On another note, how much do we need to operate in a year?

Our costs are almost entirely bandwidth related. Almost. We should aim for


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