[Theforum] fundraisin with mousepads

isaac isaac at members.evolt.org
Mon Mar 18 15:15:28 CST 2002


i actually meant "encouraging donations for" rather than "pay for". was just
hoping that we could encourage EVERYONE. :p

i think the price that MEO would ask (what was it? $15/year (roughly
$1/month)) is so obscenely cheap for the services provided, that it would
not be difficult to cover the requests for further stuff. i've paid
US$25/month for CF accounts before and endured uptime far worse than MEO
(which i don't notice going down very often, if at all, anyway).

if they want other features, we refer them to dir.evolt.org/hosting or
whatever. we just don't/can't do DNS/etc; and we certainly can't do it at
that price!

personally, i don't think that a hosting company like stark would see what
we're providing as serious competition. if my budget is $0-1/month, do they
really want my business?! know what i mean? ;) MEO is not hosting commercial
sites, or large developer sites. they're small resume holders, tiny photo
galleries, or testing grounds for these or other things.

i'm all for MEO urging donations. i think it's an exceptional service, and
hope that there are effective ways that we can encourage users to see what
value there is in the system, and help to keep it alive.

i wonder if there are methods by which we can really push people to put
forward those few dollars. whether it means that they get a priority listing
in the MEO directory of sites, priority support (emails answered more
quickly, etc -- less achievable if someone pops up on irc with a q -- how
can you not answer it on the spot? *shrug*), or something else. i think the
solution lies in versioning.

what about non-donators getting 5MB, and those who've donated getting 15MB?
or 1 datasource vs 3-5?


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