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Old 07-29-2006, 12:41 PM   #11
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My 2 cents worth (ok - maybe a nickel) is - if you donate, should it come to that, do it because it is the right thing to do, not for what recognition you may get in return.

Maybe human nature does not apply on this site only?
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Old 07-29-2006, 12:50 PM   #12
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My 2 cents worth (ok - maybe a nickel) is - if you donate, should it come to that, do it because it is the right thing to do, not for what recognition you may get in return.

Maybe human nature does not apply on this site only?
As I said in my post - I realize it is a utopian view as well as my view that the people on this site often have a tendency to be head and shoulders above the average joe.

Blame the rest on "human nature" - sure...why not? We are what we chose to be.
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Old 07-29-2006, 12:55 PM   #13
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Someone please explain the difference to me between accumulating stars as you reach post milestones and having an indication in your avatar that you are a donating member. Both would equate to some sort of status, correct?

Looking for fairness and equality in life? Stop now, or you will forever be frustrated.

Edit: oh and let'* not forget the obvious. Where is my 2005 Bonneville GXP? Why am I driving an '04 SE? That'* not fair!
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Old 07-29-2006, 01:09 PM   #14
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I realize that this is a utopian view, but the act of giving should not be based upon "what am I gonna get out of it" - especially in this case. We have all received a lot from this site!

Besides learning, many come to this site to save money because they can't afford to pay someone to do the work. They may not have the extra cash to donate money, but their extra knowledge can benefit the group.

My 2 cents worth (ok - maybe a nickel) is - if you donate, should it come to that, do it because it is the right thing to do, not for what recognition you may get in return.
I dont think I could agree more, if youre going to give, you should never be thinking about what youre going to get out of it, thats just ridiculous.

If what was true about making money off the ads is correct, that they only make money if someone buys something, then like was said, they arent really doing any good, because everyone here knows you really cant "supercharge any Bonneville!" and that the "Turbonator" is completely worthless in these cars.

So basically it boils down to the owner of the site still paying for it out of his pocket, now as to whether or not that actually strains his finances? who knows...he does drive a BMW..so he must be one rich MFer right? just kiddin just kiddin dont kill me...

But I think we should have the ability to make a donation if we feel the need too, I am against a membership fee, I think that would drive off a lot of the folks who just join up to post because of one particular problem theyre having and then are never heard from again, and thats not what this site is about.

As for recognizing the donors, im kind of neutral on that, they should all be recognized the same way, I do know that much.
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My recommendation would be that Jeff make it an option when the donation is given. A check box saying something along the lines of "Do you wish recognition for this donation?" Then those who want it can have it, and those who do not want it won't get stuck with it...and no one will ever know for sure, except for those who want it, whether or not someone is a donating member.
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Having the public know who donated what or when or how, can have severe effects on this forum. For example, another forum I frequent is 99% amatuer radio operators. On this type of forum, we have the ability to see what class of license each person has. Extra, General, or Technician. With Extra being the highest. With some topics, license class can be a delicate topic to discuss. Like, well, so and so is a low life Tech that knows nothing about radio'* and he shouldn't be in here posting stuff. Or, well, that Extra is a no good old fart that still doesn't know how to set the clock on his VCR, but goes out and spends $13,000 on a new radio. Those are just some examples. If you would like to see a real debate, goto to this website and do a search for 'morse code'. http://www.qrz.com

I might add my opinion about the donation though, don't make it mandatory. Let it be an option. Don't post who donated what. Or, maybe an incenitive, offer a Bonneville related gift for making a donation. I dunno.
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For example, another forum I frequent is 99% amatuer radio operators. On this type of forum, we have the ability to see what class of license each person has.
I don't get it. Not sure how your example relates to donations.
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Still waiting for the Admins to drop the hammer in here............. It always happens.
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I read an article the other day, I believe on MSNBC about how much a high volume site can take in from Google or Yahoo ads. Perhaps there has been enough to help offset the costs of running the site, or maybe Jeff is taking a wait and see view?
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Those adds only make money if people use them and make a purchase which I doubt has even happened once on this site.
Wrong. BC gets money for views and for clicks. Its not much, but think of how many different pages you load everytime you are on BC. I bet I EASILY rack up 100 views a day.

I am some what surprised that we have not heard how that is going yet, but it also does not surprise me. Essentially we are talking about Jeff'* personal finances here, which is absolutely none of our business. He has CHOSEN to foot the bill himself. He has CHOSEN to use ads to help himself so that he doesn't have to ask the users for a dime. Jeff, I love you Honestly though, Jeff does amazing things for us.
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Honestly though, Jeff does amazing things for us.
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